Andy Carroll was back at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday to cheer on his West Ham United team-mates.
The England centre-forward has been working hard to regain his fitness at the Move to Cure clinic in Belgium, after suffering a serious plantar fascia injury on the final day of last season.
Having watched the Hammers lose out 3-1 to Manchester City in their most recent Barclays Premier League fixture, Carroll told West Ham TV he has even more motivation to return to action.
"I thought we played well and there were a few balls coming into the box that I thought I could get on the end of if I'd been playing," he confirmed. "We did get a few balls in the box and I think the lads were disappointed not to get on the end of a couple of them. Stewie [Downing] put some great balls in.
"We played well but it wasn't to be and obviously I'd like to have been out there getting my head on the end of them."
While Carroll would love to be out there terrorising defenders, for now he has to make do with the friendlier confines of the Move to Cure clinic in Antwerp, where he is working on his fitness on a daily basis with world-renowned therapist Lieven Maesschalck and his team.
As a photo gallery and video published last week illustrated, the 24-year-old is slowly but surely working his way towards a return to competitive action.
"I'm doing well over in Belgium and I'm enjoying working out there with Lieven and it's going great," he confirmed. "I am working hard every day and if I keep doing that then it shouldn't be too much longer.
"I've kicked on a bit from when I first went over there [three weeks ago]. I was in a boot and on crutches but it's obviously feeling a lot better and I'm starting to do heavier work, rather than just balancing. I'm starting to use weights and squatting a bit more, which is putting more pressure on my foot, which is a positive.
"Lieven has done a lot of things and had good things said about him, so it's brilliant for me to be working with someone like that. Hopefully, he can do with me the same as he has done with everyone else."
The father-of-two has had little free time to himself in between his gruelling sessions at Move to Cure, but the No9 has found time to entertain his children and hone his FIFA14 skills.
"I went to the cinema and I was the only one in there, which was nice because I had the place to myself! I also had my kids over there and took them to the zoo and to the theme park, so that was all right, but other than that I'm just sitting and playing with my Xbox. I'm good at FIFA14 now, but my thumbs are a bit sore!"
While a date for his return has yet to be pencilled in, Carroll has ambitions on forcing his way into Roy Hodgson's thoughts ahead of England's appearance at next summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Respected Daily Telegraph journalist Henry Winter named both Carroll and Ravel Morrison in his 23-man squad, much to the striker's delight.
"I didn't know that he had done that [about Winter], but I like to hear it," he added. "I've just got to get back and play for West Ham and score some goals and force myself back into the England squad.
"For now, I'm back off to Belgium and it all starts again for another week."