Stephen O'Donnell has found watching Dundee painful this season, as he would rather be helping his team-mates climb the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table.
O'Donnell has been out since August, suffering from an inflammatory condition which proved difficult to diagnose, but is now aiming to complete full training this week and help the Dark Blues, who are eight points adrift in the standings.
Speaking at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge event in Dundee, O'Donnell said: "It's been hugely frustrating. You would much rather be out there with the boys in the trenches and do your bit."
He added: "It's been difficult to be watching. (The table) is grim reading, but morale's okay. It's not what it would be if we were winning, but the boys are upbeat.
"We knew it was going to be difficult. We knew we were going to be in a situation where we were going to be in the mix.
"It doesn't matter if you're at the bottom of the league at this stage of the season, it's the end of the season that's most important.
"We don't want to go and get ourselves detached from the back and we need to try to get a win to get confidence back.
"But it's not a time for panicking. As long as we're in the mix come the end of the season that's the most important thing."
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