Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster keeps clean sheet on return from injury
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 07/01/16 8:49am
Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster played 90 minutes on his comeback from injury on Wednesday – nearly 10 months after his last competitive appearance for the club.
Forster started for Southampton against Chelsea in the U21 Premier League Cup at the club's Staplewood training campus in Marchwood, a match which the Saints won 1-0 thanks to Ryan Seager's second-half strike.
Despite his lengthy lay-off, Forster showed no signs of rustiness and produced a string of superb saves to preserve Southampton's lead and ensured they progressed to the last-16, where they will face Huddersfield Town.
"I'm buzzing to get 90 minutes under my belt - it's probably been nine-and-a-half months now," Forster told Southampton's YouTube channel.
"I'm just delighted, just to kind of get through it, and the victory makes it that much better.
"We have done everything correctly for the last nine months and not rushed. We have done it step by step and that's how we'll continue to the end."
The 27-year-old, who returned to training in December, has not featured for the first-team since suffering a serious knee injury in the 2-0 Premier League victory over Burnley last March.
Forster joined Southampton from Celtic for £10m in August 2014 and kept 15 clean sheets during his debut season for the club before it was brought to a premature end because of injury.
He has made three England appearances to date and his return to action will come as a boost to Roy Hodgson ahead of the European Championships in France this summer.