FLYING winger Rory Prendergast could be set for a welcome return to action on Saturday following a double hernia operation.
The 25-year-old has been making steady progress since going under the knife in a private hospital in Manchester around five weeks ago.
He said: "I have been doing some aerobics and light training to get my fitness back up. It is just a case of building myself back up again.
"It has been an on-going problem since pre-season and something needed doing.
"There was no point leaving it any longer."
The winger stressed he was not prone to injuries and added: "I have been involved in football since I was 16. In nine years of football this has definitely been the biggest thing for me.
"I had to have 40 stitches and they have been taken out now. I am still a bit stiff and will probably be scarred for life, but I am feeling okay and comfortable."
Rory hopes to play some part in Stanley's crucial clash against Canvey Island on Saturday to help get their promotion push back on track.
The chirpy former postie said: "I think I will be on the subs' bench so I am hoping to be involved at some point.
"I have missed playing and I want to get back and give it my best shot as I always do."
Since signing for the Reds in December 2002, Prendergast has notched up 77 appearances scoring 12 goals.
His previous clubs include Bradford Park Avenue, Barnsley and York City.
He has had loan spells with Nuneaton Borough, Northwich Victoria, Frickley Athletic and Emley.
He was voted Stanley's Supporters Club Player of the Year last season.