Date: 28th February 2012 at 4:52pm
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Long-term absentee Stephen McGinn continued his long comeback trail today with a 45 minute run out for Watford’s development side.

The Hornets, overseen by first-team coach Tony Loughlan, went down 1-0 against a Southampton XI but the headline news was McGinn’s involvement.

Former St Mirren midfielder McGinn got 45 minutes under his belt, his first football since he damaged his knee ligaments against Doncaster Rovers last season.

Loughlan revealed that McGinn has also been joining in with first-team training ‘regularly’ as he continues his long-awaited comeback.

Speaking to The Official Site, Loughlan said:

‘There were one or two interesting things for us to take in today – but above everything else it was fantastic to see Stephen out there involved.

‘He’s been joining in with first-team training regularly enough for the medical team to feel he was ready for this – and it appears to have gone really well for him.’

Watford: Loach; Horner, Bennett, Forsyth, James (Connolly 26); Mingoia, McGinn (Akubuine HT), Buaben, Bryan; Assombalonga &(Massey HT), Trialist.