Carlisle United winger Andy Welsh rejuvenated after injury

Andy Welsh
Welsh was advised initially he would be out for only six weeks

Carlisle United winger Andy Welsh has said four months out with a serious calf injury has helped re-kindle his appreciation for football.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Cumbrians from Yeovil in June, has been absent since tearing the muscle in September's 4-1 defeat at Chesterfield.

"You can take training for granted," Welsh told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"But when you come back from an injury you don't do that because you've been out such a long time."

Welsh, who lists Sunderland, Leicester City and Toronto among his eight career clubs, had made 11 appearances for Greg Abbott's side prior to the tear.

"I had a seven centimetre calf tear, quite a bad one, and it took me a while to get over it," Welsh continued.

"I've never been out longer than two months in my career, so it's been a bit mindblowing.

"They said it was going to be a minimum of six weeks and it took me longer than that.

"I didn't expect it to be that bad."