Cape Town - Everton defender Seamus Coleman has expressed his delight after returning to the pitch following 10 months on the sidelines with a fractured leg.
The Republic of Ireland international suffered a double leg fracture while representing his country in March 2017 and has been on the road to recovery ever since.
The 29-year-old finally made his return to action on Tuesday for the Everton Under-23s against Portsmouth at Goodison Park, where he played 58 minutes.
"To be able to walk out of the tunnel and see the stadium was great," Coleman told the club's official website.
"I managed to get some minutes under my belt and that was fantastic. I treated it like a first-team game and gave it everything.
"I've been looking forward to that moment for the last few months - just being able to get the kit on, doing up the shin-pads, rolling my socks up and walking out there.
"It was great to be able to feel like a footballer again - it's a fantastic feeling."