Simon relishing Westfield Matildas return after double shoulder surgery
Injury has kept her on the sidelines for most of 2017 but Kyah Simon says she's fit and raring to go ahead of the Westfield Matildas' two-match friendly series against China.
Australia face China at AAMI Park on Wednesday before heading to Geelong for the second fixture on Sunday at GMHBA Stadium.
Simon hasn't featured for the Matildas since March after undergoing reconstructive surgery on both of her shoulders.
The striker had endured shoulder problems throughout her career and decided to have each side operated on to permanently fix the issues.
And while she's now back to full fitness, Simon admitted that the last few months have been the most challenging of her career.
"Yeah look, I think since I got the first one [done] in March and then the second one in May it was a really tough period for me, it was probably the toughest period of my career in terms of rehab," Simon told matildas.footballaustralia.com.au.
"You don't realise how much you need both arms until you become dependent on your mum. As a 26-year-old that's quite hard.
"It was a really tough period, but I think once I got out of the slings and was really in rehab mode I was able to get back in the gym and start doing some stuff.
"It was great to know that I was setting goals to get back and get 100 per cent fit and healthy.
"At the moment I'm really happy with how my body is feeling. I'm feeling really good, fit and healthy and I'm just so happy to be back playing football and out on the park with the girls doing what I love."
Simon made the move to Melbourne City from Sydney FC in the off-season and has started the new campaign in fine form, netting twice in her first four games.
The 74-time international admits she's been impressed with the professionalism of the club and believes it has helped with her successful return to football.
"Yeah really good. I mean it's quite easy coming in to such a professional environment with some very high standards within the club and what they expect of us players.
"I really enjoy having that structure and that professionalism … I can go out there and play my football and hopefully my best football also.
"I have really enjoyed the transition and coming back after such a long period of time now, six months or so, coming back in and being in that environment has really enabled me to just get straight back into it and hit the ground running.
"I'm really happy about my decision to make the move down here, it's a great lead-up into these China games and then obviously into our big year next year and the two years following that."