Skipper Lee Kilday made a highly-anticipated return to action last night with a 45-minute appearance in the Under-20s’ 2-0 win over East Kilbride at Cappielow.
The defender started the Development League West clash and cruised through the first half before making way at the break for David Anderson in a pre-planned substitution.
Kilday, who turned 26 on Sunday, had been sidelined for almost 10 months as the result of an ankle injury that has required him to undergo two separate operations.
It’s been a long hard 10 months but delighted to get back on the pitch tonight and get the first 45 mins in the tank ??⚽️
— Lee Kilday (@Kildaisy33) February 6, 2018
He last played for the club on Saturday 29 April 2017 in a Ladbrokes Championship fixture away at Dunfermline, and gaffer Jim Duffy was thrilled to see his captain back out on the field of play.
Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, the Ton boss said: “I was absolutely delighted to see Lee getting a run-out for the Under-20s last night.
“It’s the first time he’s played in nearly a year having undergone two ankle operations. He has been an integral part of our team since I came here to the club, and I think all the players will be delighted for him as well.
“He’s worked very hard to get himself back playing again, and hopefully there’s no hiccups along the way and he can now see light at the end of the tunnel.”
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