NOTTINGHAM Forest midfielder Chris Cohen said his first appearance in 15 months in Saturday’s 1-1 Championship draw at Charlton was "incredible".
Cohen had been out recovering from a third knee injury in as many years, sustained in a draw with rivals Derby County in September 2014.
Chris was born and brought up in Thurrock. He attended William Edwards before gong on to make his debut for West Ham at the age of sixteen.
The 28-year-old, who joined from Yeovil in 2005, came on as a substitute at The Valley late in the second-half.
"It’s been a long time coming," Cohen told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"It makes all the hard work worthwhile, I’ve had a few setbacks along the way.
"As positive as I’ve been sometimes you do wonder if it will ever happen.
"The manager has been fantastic with me, he’s told me I’m not going to play every game which I completely understand, my idea is to try to change his mind and be a player he can’t drop," he added.
Chris’s family are also delighted to see him back.
Chris’s father, Carl Morris, who lives in Chafford Hundred said: "Chris has fought so hard to get back to full fitness. He is a model professional and this just highlights his character and determination.
"I am hoping to see him play against QPR. We are all very proud of him."