Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen said it felt great to be back on the pitch as he made his return from injury for the Under 23s in the 4-0 win over Hull City.
Cohen had been sidelined for three months with a groin injury but made his comeback at The City Ground this afternoon and said he is ready to make the step up to the first team when he is needed.
He said: “It is lovely to be back, there aren’t many feelings like it. It is an Under 23 game so there is only about 100-odd people here but you still get the nerves beforehand and it is a lovely feeling to be back playing and I thought the lads played really well.
“I knew it would be three months. There were a few issues during that with infections and different things that went on and it was one of those things when I didn’t know when I would be back, then in the last few weeks it has just felt better and better. I felt back to normal today, played 75 minutes and I felt like I could have played the full 90. I didn’t come off for any other reason than I haven’t played for a few months; I felt great and I am ready if and when Gary needs me.
“I was happy to stay on but when I came back from the last cruciate after 15 months, I played a 60 and 75 then I was back in the team. I have always prided myself on being fit and able to play whenever called upon and I feel the same now. If and when Gary and Jack need me I am ready to go and really looking forward to getting back into first team football.
“I am ready for the step up with a more intense game. I have been playing in the Championship for a long time so there aren’t going to be any surprises when I get there, but I am fit and ready and as good as ever.”
Nicolao Dumitru, Gboly Ariyibi, Toby Edser and Anel Ahemdhodzic all found the net in the convincing win and Cohen felt it was a strong performance from The Reds.
He said: “They [Hull] had a young team out so we were expected to win it. I remember coming back last time and playing against Barnsley and losing 6-1 so it doesn’t always work the way you expect football to. They tried hard but we had lots of experience with a lot of games under our belts and the quality showed in the end and it was a good run out for a few of us.”