Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker has been speaking following his return to action with the under-21s on Monday.
The 24-year-old has been side-lined all season with a pelvic injury but he was back on the pitch as Spurs’ young side defeated their Manchester City counterparts 2-1.
Walker played for 67 minutes and having returned to first-team training last month he will now be eying a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official website after the match, Walker said, “I’m just glad to be back.
“It’s been a long time and I want to say a big thank you to the medical staff and the people around me who have helped me through it.”
Walker is still some way off the sharpness he needs to compete in the Premier League, but he could well feature for the senior side this side of Christmas if things go according to plan.
Rather than reflect on his spell on the side-lines with a heavy heart, Walker revealed that in some ways his time away did him good.
“Perhaps it was good to have to sit back and reflect not just on my game but things around me,” he added.
“For a start, I’ve watched more football. I’ve been studying the game a lot.”
It will be interesting to see if those studies pay off when he steps out on the White Hart Lane pitch, and there is no doubt he will be welcomed back with open arms by his teammates and his fans alike.