Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott was delighted to make a return to action during the 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, having been sidelined in recent weeks by a knee injury.
The 27-year-old England international had been out for almost two months before appearing as a substitute against the Trotters.
He told the club's official website:"Injuries are always frustrating, but after five years pretty much free of serious problems you forget how frustrating it is sitting on the sidelines and watching.
"Funnily enough I had always pencilled in the Bolton game for a return to action, so from that point of view I am bang on track.
"All I can do is work as hard as I possibly can in training and take my chance when it comes.
"With so much at stake here and the World Cup coming at the end of the season, I obviously want to be playing regularly."