It's been a tough several months for Laura Macchi, the best player in Italian women's basketball but one that has been sidelined since last season's domestic play-offs.
Macchi went from the elation of being named to the European team at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game to misery in mid-April when she went down with plantar fasciitis.
The 31-year-old is raring to go after a summer of hard work spent getting back to full fitness.
Everyone will find out when she and her Schio teammates take on Taranto in the Supercoppa.
"After a summer of intense work to recover from injury, now I´m ready," said Macchi ahead of Tuesday's game.
"Tomorrow I will be ready for the Supercoppa in Taranto.
"I want to get what I missed last season, the emotion, the court, my teammates."
Macchi believes this could be a special year for Schio, who played very well in Italy and Europe last year.
The club captured the Coppa Italian after a thrilling triumph over Faenza while Taranto won the league crown.
"I have great ambitions," Macchi said.
"I am calm because the team that has been constructed is very competitive and I´m sure we will give our fans joy."
Schio do appear to be loaded.
In addition to Macchi, there is American Janel McCarville, Israeli Liron Cohen, Slovenian Maja Erkic and Italian Jennifer Nadalin.
The club has also signed France international center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui.
"I'm curious to see what kind of basketball we will be able to show despite the few workouts that the full team has played so far," said Schio coach Sandro Orlando.
"We have unquestionably a lot of talent, but that alone is not enough.
"Basketball is organized and applied, factors that are grown with the work in the gym."
As for Taranto, Orlando said: "They're great players with a consolidated group.
"This is definitely their strong point."