Hull City manager Steve Bruce is backing Jake Livermore to now get his career back on track following his fine performance during the 1-0 victory over Swansea City in the midweek Capital One Cup clash.
Livermore was banned in May after being tested positive for cocaine but the midfielder was not handed a lengthy ban as the FA took the death of his newborn son as exceptional mitigating circumstances.
Livermore made a return to training for Hull less than two weeks ago and Bruce decided to hand the midfielder his first start since the controversy in Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Swans.
The former Tottenham star played a key role in helping Hull to a victory over the Premier League side and following the game, Bruce is backing the 25-year old to kick on and be a key contributor for the Humberside club.
Bruce said: "It was a big night for Jake for obvious reasons and I'm sure he appreciated the support he got from our fans. He's had the support of the club from the moment this happened and now he's played his first game he can get back on with his career.
"He's been through a tough time, a really tough time, and it's important now he gets his career back on track. It's out the way now, he's played again and it was good to see him.
"He'll be delighted to be doing what he likes best again, which is playing football."