Plymouth Argyle's Jamie Lowry is eager for game time after belated debut
ARGYLE midfielder Jamie Lowry wants to make up for lost time after overcoming an ankle ligament injury which forced him out of the first two months of the season.
The 25-year-old made a belated debut for the Pilgrims as an 88th minute substitute for Luke Young in the 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.
Lowry is set to start against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium tomorrow because Conor Hourihane must serve a one-match ban.
In Hourihane's absence, Lowry and Young are likely to be Argyle's central midfield pairing.
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Lowry signed for Argyle as a free agent in the summer after leaving Chesterfield, but he was sidelined by an injury in only the club's second pre-season game.
He made his comeback by playing for an hour in a specially arranged practice game against Exeter City at Home Park last Tuesday, before getting a short run-out at Cheltenham.
Lowry described his debut as 'better late than never' and is now hoping for regular first team football.
He told Herald Sport: "It was pleasing to get back on the pitch in a proper league game for a few minutes. I really enjoyed it and I want more of it now.
"I hope to play in every game I'm available for, so if I get selected tomorrow I will go out there and give it my all.
"After the amount of time I have had off, I'm obviously not at my peak. But if you don't play games then you won't get back to your peak."
Lowry continued: "I feel fine. I don't get any niggles from my ankle anymore.
"I'm just loving being back playing football. It's so frustrating watching all the time. I have had enough of that already in my career.
"Every day on the training pitch I like to do as much as I can and just enjoy myself.
"We have got quite a competitive squad with a lot of good players in it. So I want to try to get a way into the team, put in a good performance and give the gaffer (Carl Fletcher) a selection headache."
Lowry made 111 starts and 16 substitute appearances during his time at Chesterfield, and scored 12 goals.
However, he was ruled out by a cruciate knee ligament injury from October 2009 to February 2011.
The Newquay-born midfielder will be hoping his fitness problems are now behind him and he can focus on playing for Argyle.
The Pilgrims had won three successive matches before losing to Cheltenham, who had trailed to a goal from Hourihane in the 30th minute.
It was 1-1 at half-time and Argyle were the better side after the break but Cheltenham secured maximum points with a 78th minute goal from Kaid Mohamed.
Lowry said: "I thought the lads put in a really good performance and played a lot of nice stuff.
"It was tough to lose but the gaffer said it was just one of those things and now it's on to the next game and, hopefully, we can get on a little run again."
Lowry has plenty of previous experience of playing against Rotherham from his stint at Chesterfield.
Around 20 miles separate Chesterfield in north Derbyshire and Rotherham in South Yorkshire so they are regarded as local rivals.
Lowry said: "I have played against Rotherham a few times. They have got a new stadium and I'm looking forward to going back up north.
"I have had a few wins against them so, hopefully, I will be a lucky omen for us tomorrow."