Maren Mjelde is delighted to be back influencing matters on the pitch for Chelsea Women after a lengthy injury lay-off.
The Norwegian international started our 4-0 victory over Liverpool in midweek, which was her first match at club level since the end of September – not that it showed, as she looked as if she'd never been away as part of a defensive unit which did not give the home side a sniff of goal.
'It was really good to be back, it's been a long time now,' she said after the game. 'I'd been looking forward to this day for a long time.
'We started really well and it was a really good performance from us. Fran [Kirby] scored three goals again, which was really good to see. She looks confident.
'The conditions weren't that bad, but the pitch wasn't great. It is what it is, and we know we're a good team so we should be able to play on any surface, really. I think we played really good football.'
There will be another challenge for the players on Sunday when we take on Durham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with the game taking place on an artificial surface.
Then it's back to the home comforts found at Kingsmeadow, which arguably boasts the best playing surface in the country as far as women's football is concerned, for the first leg of our last-eight tie against Paris Saint-Germain. Tickets for that match, which takes place on Thursday, are still available and a big crowd is expected.
'We have many important games coming up, so it was good to be back together and putting in a good performance,' added Mjelde. 'Now we have the FA Cup game on Sunday, which we want to win, and then it's the Champions League. But first of all our focus is on what's happening on Sunday.'