BEN Foster believes he has overcome the first hurdle in claiming back the goalkeeper jersey from Boaz Myhill.
The 30-year-old stopper, who had been sidelined for almost four months with a foot injury, returned to the pitch in a 45-minute run-out for the Under-21s against Manchester City, at The Hawthorns, on Sunday.
And Foster insists getting some playing time under his belt has helped break down the mental barrier he admitted he faced on his comeback to action.
“It was nice to be back,” said Foster.
“It has been a long slow recovery but I’m really, really happy to be back.
“I felt good.
“That’s me fully fit now.
“It was always the plan for me to come off at half-time and I just wanted to get some game time under my belt.
“I got my bearings back from being in the goal.
“Mentally it was a big boost to get a few minutes under my belt.
“I’m good to go now.
“It’s good to be back to normality.
“It’s nice to go out training with the lads every day."
He added: “We’ll have to wait and see what happens on Saturday.
“Boaz and Luke have both done very well.
“Bo has been great.
“I know exactly what Bo can produce and his performances haven’t surprised me.
“He’s an international goalkeeper and he’s been absolutely brilliant.”