Dean Richards returned to action for the reserves against Norwich at Stevenage on Monday evening and reported no ill-effects from the ear problems he has been suffering.
The Big Man has not played a match since featuring for 45 minutes of the pre-season outing against Celtic in early August due to a virus that was affecting his ears. He has, however, been able to train while avoiding contact and heading.
He made an impressive comeback at Broadhall Way in a match that also saw the return of Dean Marney and Edson Silva from injury, with Clive Allen's side running out 2-0 winners with goals from Lee Barnard and Silva.
Dean reflected afterwards that it was simply nice to get playing again after a frustrating period.
"It was not too bad, I've had a virus for the last month or so and have been on medication, so it is nice to get the boots back on and get out there playing again," he said, admitting there was only a slight problem when it came to heading the ball.
"I was lacking in a bit of direction but that will come back - I only started heading balls again last week.
"I've had a good couple of weeks training now, but it is most important to get back out there and play.
"It has been frustrating, but the good thing is I have been able to do the training and didn't miss much of pre-season at all. My fitness levels are good and I've been feeling quite sharp in training."