The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Mark Lan­non

BIRM­ING­HAM City striker Isaac Vassell fi­nally made his long-awaited re­turn to ac­tion this week fol­low­ing 14 months on the side­lines with a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

The for­mer Luton Town front­man scored twice in the Blues U23s’ vic­tory over Barns­ley, which was his first game since in­jur­ing a knee in the 0-0 draw with archri­vals As­ton Villa in late Oc­to­ber 2017.

The 25-year-old felt no re­ac­tion to the in­jury and has now set his sights on work­ing his way back into con­tention for the first team at St An­drew’s.

“It has been very frus­trat­ing,” he said of his long ab­sence. “It has been quite hard some­times, but the lads have been bril­liant and have helped me through it.

“I’ve been with the first team for a few weeks now, get­ting back into the swing of things. Hope­fully I can get back on the pitch soon and help the team with what I can do.”

Vassell has also had re­spec­tive thigh and hip is­sues that have de­layed his come­back, but he added: “There are al­ways sec­ondary in­juries after big ones. If I had got through ev­ery­thing with­out a sec­ondary in­jury it would have been good, but you have to ex­pect these things when you haven’t moved your body for a long time.”

RE­TURN­ING: Isaac Vassell

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