Albion star reveals return emotions

West Bromwich Albion

Chris Brunt admitted he was nervous to get the call to come on against Tottenham after over seven months out of the West Brom team.

The Northern Ireland international made his long-awaited return from the anterior cruciate knee injury he sustained in February that cruelly ruled him out of Euro 2016.

The 31-year-old made a positive impact impact on the match, winning the corner that eventually led to Nacer Chadli’s goal in the 1-1 draw.

“It was great to get on,” he said. “I wasn’t too sure what it would be like. There were 21 players in the squad and I wasn’t sure if I’d make the bench or not.

“When the gaffer told me to get sorted and get ready to go on I was a little bit nervous. But I’ve been training the last five or six weeks and it’s been going OK.

“Nothing really prepares you for the Premier League. I felt good, I was pleased. It’s a step in the right direction. That’s 25 minutes. Maybe [next time] get a little bit longer and try to get back in the team.”

Brunt, who has played for Albion’s under-23s to gain match sharpness in recent weeks, admits there’s nothing quite like playing first-team football.

“You do all the tests and stuff and I know physically I’m fit enough and the knee’s probably better than it was before,” he added. “You know all that but there’s no substitute for playing.”


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