Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson has spoken of his relief at returning from a lengthy lay-off in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.The 29-year-old had been out of action since breaking his leg for the second time in February but marked Malky Mackay's first match in charge by coming on as a late substitute.
"It was so nice to be back out there. It's been such a long time," Watson told the club website. "The reception from the fans was really nice and I'm hoping for more of the same.
"It was emotional; it's been a long time coming. It's hard to believe that I finally got the chance to play again."
Watson admits he feared for his future after suffering such a serious injury twice, but insists he is now raring to go again.
"When you break your leg once you worry whether you'll be able to do the same things you used to do, so to break my leg again it was always an even bigger worry for me," he added.
"At first I couldn't see myself walking properly, and then when I was walking I couldn't picture running properly, but it has all come around nicely.
"It's all behind me now and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."