Brighton fullback Tariq Lamptey was delighted to be back for their 0-0 draw at Norwich City.
Lamptey was introduced in the 58th-minute by Graham Potter for his first top-flight appearance in 10 months.
A hamstring injury back in December was not expected to sideline the England Under-21 international for long but he required surgery in March to correct the issue and has been managed carefully this season with his only start against Swansea in the Carabao Cup last month.
“Yes, it was really special for me," he said. “I have worked really hard to get back here, I am grateful for the opportunity and I just tried to come on and help the team.
“It was unfortunate we didn't get the win but we will take the point against a good side."
Lamptey added: “It was challenging for me, mentally and physically.
“You work really hard, you have to make sure you work hard every day, but we have good physios around, the players, members of staff, everyone around the building has been amazing.
“They kept me positive and allowed me to focus on my rehab and I was able to come back and play here. Hopefully I can build on this and play more and more games."
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