Beram Kayal had mixed emotions on his return to the side, after making his Premier League debut in last night’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Israeli international played the first 78 minutes against Spurs and despite consigning an injury-enforced absence to the past, he was frustrated not to leave Wembley with at least a point.
He said, “I’m happy to be back in the team and play my first game. It’s been a long and tough time for me to be out.
“I cannot think about it now or the bad feelings I had. It was a special moment for everyone to be in the Premier League and then four days before the season started, I broke my leg.
“But that’s history now and I am happy to be back in the team and to play. I want to try and help my teammates.
“Of course it is good to be back, but the result is very disappointing because we conceded two soft goals.”
The midfielder is now determined to establish his place in the team and believes that having a positive mental attitude is key to his success.
“It’s not been easy, I have my family around me all the time trying to push me, but everyone that trains in the week wants to play at the weekend.
“You always have to wait for your first chance when you get back from injury and when it comes, you need to take it.
“I read a lot of things surrounding the mental side of recovery, and have done that throughout my career. I’ve had a few operations in the past and it helped me to deal with that and fight to be back in the team.
“It’s not easy because it’s December and this was my first game in the team because they have been doing well.
“I will keep trying to prove myself, give everything and show the manager that I’m ready for my chance.”