Vice-captain Joe Edwards says the support of the Saddlers fans is helping him in his recovery from injury.
The 27-year-old, who signed a new contract last month, has been out since February after rupturing his ACL in the 2-1 defeat by Blackburn.
The versatile midfielder admits it has been difficult and has thanked the Walsall supporters for their well wishes during his injury lay-off.
“I don’t think they realise how much their support means to me,” said Edwards, who has received treatment this week at St George's Park.
“It means everything really because they’re on your side and they want you back as quickly as possible.
“That really helps me.
“You’ve got your friends and family who can help, and then you’ve got people you don’t even know who are rooting for you.
“It’s really nice.
“It gives you that added motivation to do every set and exercise you’re given and try to come back better than you were before.”
With the Saddlers’ squad now back in pre-season training, Edwards is frustrated not to be able to join in with his teammates.
But the ex-Yeovil skipper is staying positive and says the support of family, friends and fans goes a very long way.
“It’s frustrating [not being involved],” he added.
“The off-season wasn’t as bad because all the boys were off on holiday and there were no games going on.
“But watching the World Cup and seeing the boys in training and going to play pre-season games, it’s hard.
“It’s probably the hardest time I’ve had.
“But being around friends and family, and getting the support I’ve had from the fans, really helps.
“I’m being positive in myself and I keep working hard to achieve what I want to achieve.”
Edwards feels his rehabilitation is progressing nicely and is confident he will be back out on the pitch before long.
“It’s progressing really well so far.
“It’s not an injury where you can be ahead of schedule as such.
“But I’ve reacted well to the treatment and it’s gone as well as possible.
“We’re really happy with it.
“It’s a matter of maintaining that and keep building up my strength in my legs to keep stability in my knee.
“Hopefully everything continues to go to plan and I’ll be back in no time.”