The 23-year-old from Camden takes up the story. "It hasn’t been the best of times," he admitted. "About two months ago I was having a training session, someone whacked my foot and it turned out that I fractured my toe.
"I was out with that for five or six weeks, I came back but managed to tweak my hamstring in a practice match, so that set me back another couple of weeks.
"I’ve just been easing my way back into it this time, more cautious and now I’m trying to get back into action."
He did exactly that in the reserves’ 1-0 win against Charlton, winning praise from boss Chris Hughton along the way. "He looked lively," said Chris. "He used his pace to get into a couple of good positions and was only denied by the goalkeeper."
It is McEwen’s first full season as a professional footballer and therefore his first spell in the treatment room.
He said: "It’s been no fun at all being injured. You get in at 10.30am, don’t get to leave until 4.30pm and you see everyone else playing outside and you want to be out there yourself.
"It’s just a question of getting treatment and maintaining a certain level of fitness but it’s really frustrating.
"You just want to be out there and when you see everyone else out playing it makes it all the more difficult, especially with the likes of the young lads doing so well in the first team. That gives you an incentive to get back out there.
"Now it’s like starting again. You lose fitness very quickly so when you come back you are breathing a bit heavier.
"I want to get back as quickly as possible but try to ease my way back in as well because I don’t want to pick up another knock. That would be the worst thing."
Dave McEwen feels like he’s starting again. The young striker returned to action in Tuesday’s reserve team friendly against Charlton after an eight-week stint on the sidelines.