Louis Thompson says he has learned a huge amount from his previous injury lay-off as he targets a swift return to action.
Thompson spent 18 months out with successive Achilles injuries but made his return to the first-team fold in pre-season.
After featuring in four of City’s competitive matches so far, he unfortunately picked up a hamstring injury in the East Anglian derby draw at Portman Road.
But Thompson is remaining optimistic and says he is looking forward to returning and helping his teammates pick up some points.
“I think I’ll be out until the end of the month, that’s when I’m looking to return,” he said, speaking at the launch of phase one of the Community Sports Foundation's new project, The Nest.
“Everyone [at the Club] has my best interests at heart and they’ll put me in the best possible condition.
“I was building up a bit of steam and it is frustrating, but you have to stay positive because these things happen in football.
“I’m glad it’s nothing major and I can just focus on my rehab now and hopefully help the boys out towards the end of the month.
“Your past shapes you and I’m not going to let it get me down. I’m not going to beat myself up about this sort of thing.
“I’ve experienced what I’ve experienced and I’m grateful to be in the position that I am. The support from the fans during this most recent setback has been outstanding. I can only thank them for that.”
The circumstances around Thompson’s injury at Ipswich certainly weren’t ideal for the midfielder. After City had made all of their substitutions, Thompson showed immense spirit and determination to stay on and help City to a draw.
“To come on in my first derby, I was ecstatic,” he continued. “The decision to stay on [after picking up that hamstring injury] was influenced by the emotion of the game.
“You’re not really thinking rationally and like I said, I was just happy it didn’t impact the team who were essentially playing with ten men for the last 15 minutes.
“I was buzzing that we held on and that I didn’t cost the team. I was in a fair amount of pain at the end of the game but like I said, I was proud with how the team fought.
“To go to Portman Road and take a point - we could have picked up all three really – it was encouraging so we have to build on that now and hopefully start getting more points on the board.”
In fact, Thompson was in so much pain at the final whistle, he was lifted off the pitch by City’s Head Physiotherapist Chris Burton.
“The offer was from him to be fair. I didn’t force him to do it but I think he underestimated how long that walk was!
“But I have to be thankful to him. I’m in the best possible hands now and I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Looking ahead to City’s match against Middlesbrough this Saturday, Thompson said: “We’re at Carrow Road and with the fans behind us, I think the boys will relish the opportunity to play one of the favourites for the league.
"We’ll stick together and show the same fight we showed at Portman Road. We’ll make it tough for them and hopefully show our style. I’m confident heading into the game.”