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Derry City striker Tim Nilsen insists he is ready to return to action when lock-down eases, but only when it’s safe.

The 27-year-old Norwegian striker spent lock-down back home in Norway but has since returned to Ireland in preparation of returning to action.

In an attempt to re-start football, the Football Association of Ireland announced plans on May 15th which will see four clubs, Derry City, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian’s, invited to return to training on June 8th in a pilot scheme which will see them compete in a mini-tournament behind closed doors.

Players and staff of all four clubs have all came back with negative test results after the first round of COVID-19 testing this week.

Nilsen, who has spent most of his career so far in his native Norway, signed for the Candystripes in January, appearing in the opening four games before COVID-19 halted all SSE Airtricity League action.

“I think everyone is tired of running,” the Norwegian joked when asked if his team mates are keen to return.

“We have already played four games before this crazy thing, we all just want to play football.”

Although life in Norway is somewhat more relaxed with lock-down restrictions, Nilsen is more than ready to get back onto the pitch.

“It is difficult as in Norway most things are open now but I am just waiting on the call to book a plane and I will be back.

“For me I trust the club, the government and the League of Ireland so if they say it’s safe then I will go 100 percent, I am ready.”

Despite the challenges faced by lock-down, Tim says he is keeping fit with the help of the club despite not being back in training.

“We have an app where we are able to track what we need to do every day, as well as eating right. I’m trying to stay as fit as I can so that I am ready.”