Stoke City forward, Osaze Odemwingie, was full of emotions as he made his return to Barclays Premier League action after eight months on the sideline.
Odemwingie got the loudest cheer from the packed Britannia Stadium crowd when he came in for Jonathan Walters after 79 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
And he has admitted his emotions were running high.
“I’m really pleased to be back – it was a very emotional moment for me, I was at a point where I almost cried,” Odemwingie told Stoke City Player.
“I was really pleased with the reception from the Stoke fans, I can see how they see me and they’ve probably been one of the biggest motivations in me coming back.
“Throughout the seven months since the operation, I have really worked hard to make sure I caught a few games at the end of the season.
“The motivation to do that has been so strong for me that I am willing to risk it so I can contribute to the season and continue the aggressive strengthening at the end of the season.
“I just hope I can finish this season strongly and hopefully get a goal for the fans, I think that would be a great way to repay them for their magnificent support.
“I also have to give a massive thanks to our medical team who have done a really great job and I just hope I can contribute to the great season we’re having so far and help us finish in the top 10.”
Stoke travel to Wales to face Swansea in their next league match and the Super Eagles player is expected to feature at one point in the game as he looks to win a new contract with the Potters.