Ellie Brazil is keen to make up for lost time after more than a year out and three knee operations.
The Albion striker had been sidelined for 13 months after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and partly tearing meniscal cartilage, but came on as a substitute in last Sunday's WSL game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Now back in the frame for Hope Powell's side ahead of Sunday's home match against Chelsea, the 21-year-old believes she has returned a better player.
“It hasn't been an enjoyable time but it did allow me to develop aspects of my game which I needed to work on, which is one positive. I've been in the gym a lot so hopefully I have developed some muscles and can use my strength better on the pitch.
“Doing that has made me feel stronger which helped my confidence when I got back to training.
“It's not been easy. I don't think any operation is an easy road to go down although I think I have handled it really well.
“I've had great support, obviously from my family [Dad Gary is a former Nottingham Forest player who now runs their academy] and friends and all the people at Brighton, who have been brilliant.”
The forward has been impressed with the step up in quality in Albion's squad this season.
“It has definitely improve - the tempo we play at is reflected in the quality of the players.
“We train very well but we have to learn to transfer that into games more often.”
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