Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has revealed his relief at making his long-awaited comeback from injury.
The Northern Ireland international started for the club’s Reserves team against their Blackburn Rovers counterparts in the Lancashire Senior Cup on Tuesday.
Evans played for 60 minutes and gave a good account of himself, as the Red Devils eased to a 5-0 victory to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
The 26-year-old, who has been sidelined since September, is now available for United’s upcoming Premier League games against Hull City and Stoke City at Old Trafford.
“It's nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt," Evans told MUTV. "It's been a long time coming.
“I didn't expect to be out this long so I'm pleased to get some minutes. I thought the lads played well and it was an enjoyable game to be part of. “
“I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches. I've been training for a week or two now but it's taking me time to get my fitness up as I've been out for so long.”
United are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 19 points from 12 matches.