BARKER’S EMO­TIONAL RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

DERBY club cap­tain Shaun Barker couldn’t hide his de­light af­ter play­ing his first game in al­most three years.

It may have only been 45 min­utes for the club’s un­der21s against Don­caster Rovers, but it felt like lining up against Barcelona or Real Madrid for Barker, who suf­fered an hor­rific knee in­jury against Not­ting­ham For­est in March 2012.

“To play 45 min­utes af­ter so long out is prob­a­bly the high­light of my ca­reer even though it wasn’t a first-team game,” said the 32-year-old ex-Rother­ham and Black­pool man.“It has been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney.”

He was in­un­dated with mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions af­ter his re­turn.

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