Reid delighted with Blackburn comeback

Steven Reid was delighted to come through his comeback game for Blackburn Rovers reserves unscathed yesterday.

The midfielder has been out for over a year with back and knee problems and played a part in Rovers' 5-0 defeat of Sunderland. He told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "I was a little bit controlled out there, feeling my way in a little bit, but it was nice to get plenty of touches of the ball.

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"It's just brilliant to be back out there, and hopefully it won't be long before it's for real on a Saturday afternoon.

"I'd like to say it would be next week but I've still got quite a bit of work to do on my hamstring - a bit of strength work - but after that it actually feels like you're a footballer again and I can see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

"I didn't sleep the last couple of nights - I've been this close before to playing; I didn't train today just in case anything happened. It's just a big relief.

"Earlier on in the day I was wishing it was the day after, but to play an hour, I feel brilliant."

He added: "It's been an unbelievable year really. It's made me so much more mentally stronger and it makes you realise what's important and how important playing football is.

"I've just missed a season and I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to train every day and play every game international wise and for the club - I just want to play as long as I can now.

"Hopefully these injuries will make me a stronger player."

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