Nottingham Forest’s Chris Cohen says he feels ‘amazing’ after making his long-awaited return from injury in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Charlton.
The 28-year-old returned to action as a late substitute at the Valley to rapturous applause from the away end.
And Cohen was thrilled to make his comeback.
He said: "I feel amazing. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. It’s been a long time coming and there have been a few setbacks along the way. As positive as I’ve been, sometimes you wonder if it’ll ever happen.
"Unfortunately, the result wasn’t the one we wanted with them going down to ten men but from a selfish point of view it was incredible to be back out there and the reception I got was amazing.”
Cohen says he feels ready to contribute as much as his manager wants him to - although he may be forced to curb his enthusiasm, especially early on.
He said: "The manager’s been fantastic with me. He’s told me I’m not going to play every game, which I completely understand, but my idea is to be a player he can’t drop. Basically I’m here to help the team as much as I can and, whatever part I have to play, I’ll give it my all as I always have done.
"I’ve been out for 15 months - I’ll play in goal if the manager wants me to. Although Dozza’s doing alright at the minute so I might not get a game!”
"It was great to see him back and he’s only going to get better."