JORDAN Lyden says the fresh vantage point at which he has been able to watch Swindon Town in recent weeks has left him in little doubt that over the quality they have at their disposal.

Midfielder Lyden has missed Town’s last four League Two fixtures since limping off in the 3-1 win at Leyton Orient back on September 7 with a thigh injury.

The 23-year-old has since returned to full training this week and is expected to be back involved in the matchday squad for Saturday’s trip to Bradford City.

Lyden concedes taking in the game from the stands rather than competing on the pitch is not a situation he is comfortable with.

However, it has allowed him to be take in a full view of the credentials of Richie Wellens’ side – and it has left him mightily impressed.

“I feel good. I had a little setback against Leyton Orient, which was obviously disappointing as I felt like I started the season quite well, but I am back training, so I am raring to go for Saturday,” said Lyden.

“Since I have been doing my rehab, I am generally in six days a week. I worked hard in the gym just to get that base strength and hopefully I can maintain that now I am back playing games.

“I struggle watching as I feel I can benefit and help the team. The most frustrating thing about football is not playing.

“When you are injured, you can’t do anything about it. At least when you are not getting picked, you can do something about it on the training pitch to hope to get in the team.

“League Two football is about adapting to different styles of play.

“We came up against a tough team last Saturday against Newport. I don’t feel that they played much football, but the physicality of some of their boys was a difficult test for some of our lads.

“There are one against ones all over the pitch, so you have to beat your opponent first and then see if you can help your team-mates out.

“With the technical ability we have, I think we are good enough to play around those sorts of teams.

“If we move the ball quickly and take one or two touches, that’s how you break those teams down.

“With the technical ability we have in the squad, we are more than capable of doing that.”

Lyden’s time away from the pitch has granted him the chance to take in other aspects of the club.

The former Aston Villa player only arrived the Energy Check County Ground over the summer and has praised the collective effort from everyone involved at Town both on and off the pitch and in the stands too.

“It is not just the XI starters you see, it is the backroom staff, the kitmen, the physios, the sports science people. There are more people in football than just the players,” said Lyden.

“Since I have come in, I have noticed this club is very family-orientated and very together. That’s what you need at a club moving towards promotion.

“The fans have made me feel so welcome. That’s all I could ask for.

“You see the turnout we get at home games – 7,000-plus is very high for League Two.

“Even the away support has travelled in numbers, so that is a positive thing when we walk out and see that.”