Leighton Baines has told the Liverpool Echo that it was great to play for Everton again, after seven months out with injury.
The England international defender has not played a match so far this season, but he came off the bench during Everton’s League Cup clash with Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
Baines played 17 minutes at the Riverside Stadium, helping the Toffees to their 2-0 win.
And the full-back said: “It was great to get back out on the pitch.
“It has been a long time for me, it’s getting on for seven months now since I last played any competitive football so it’s nice to be involved and back out on the pitch.”
Baines may not have made too notable an impact on the match, but he will be delighted with his return to competitive action.
The 30-year-old will now look to make up for lost time, as he looks to play a key part for Everton over the remainder of the season.
The former Wigan Athletic man’s comeback strengthens Roberto Martinez’s defensive options considerably, but there is no guarantee that he will take his place back straight away.
Brendan Galloway has been in wonderful form during Baines’ absence, and the England international will have to be on top form if he is to break back into Martinez’s starting line-up.
Everton's win over Middlesbrough in midweek booked their place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.