Date: 7th April 2016 at 4:36pm
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It was bitter sweet for Tommie Hoban earlier this week as he made his return from injury for Watford against Coventry but the Hornet were beaten two-nil in this U21 game on Monday.

Sweet for Hoban as he played his first football since January, getting 45-minutes at the Ricoh Arena, after groin and hip injuries but bitter given the result with him admitting as much but he was ‘glad to get some minutes’ on the pitch.

He told watfordfc.com this has been ‘the most frustrating’ period of his career with him looking to ‘push on’ and be ready for next season.

‘It`s been so frustrating, probably the most frustrating time of my career with the injuries I`ve had. I didn`t think I would be out for this long, but every time I`ve been struggling to shake things off it seems to come back. Hopefully I can push on from here now and my personal goal is to get as fit as I can in time for next season.’

Also involved once again was Joel Ekstrand.

Ekstrand too is continuing his own recovery with him getting 70-minutes with Hoban adding he was happy to play alongside him, with him also one who has had ‘a tough season’ yet both know they ‘have to be sensible’ in their comebacks.

When a first-team return can come will be down to the medical team who are ‘managing how many minutes’ Hoban is able to play as he seeks this involvement.

The 22-year-old, of course, wants to be involved in the Premier League and isn’t ruling out a taste of the action before the season is over, ending by saying this U21 outing alone with him training with the first-team again makes him feel more a part of things again.

‘I`d love to be out there, but if I get myself back fit, you never know, I might be able to get myself involved towards the end of the season. I`ve only just started training, and the games are almost like a training session for me at the moment, but it`s been good to get the minutes and feel part of a team again.’

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