Jérémy Pied has spoken of his delight at returning to training with Southampton’s first-team after seven months out injured.
The right-back has been sidelined for almost the entire season so far with a knee problem, but was today once again involved in a session with Claude Puel’s squad.
Pied, who made a substitute appearance in the 1-1 home draw with Watford on the opening day of the campaign before suffering the cruciate injury, was thrilled to be back among it.
"I am very happy to come back with the first-team,” said the 28-year-old. “I had some training with the Under-23s two weeks ago, so it was not my first training, but I am happy to come back with the first-team today.
i feel good and ready to show everybody my best and to give my best for them.jérémy Pied
"It's been very difficult. I'm an ambitious guy, so it has been difficult for me with this injury, but with a lot of work and motivation, and thanks to my teammates and medical staff, everyone in Southampton helped me to have a good rehabilitation.
“Between six and seven months was very long, but today the worst is behind me and I feel good on the pitch and I am really happy to have this good rehabilitation.”
The French defender added: “Today I feel good and I am happy and ready, step by step, to show to my teammates and the fans, and everybody who believes in me here, my best and to give my best for them.”