Former Manchester United centre-back Tyler Blackett has revealed his happiness at returning to health and making his FC Cincinnati debut.
The 27-year-old made 12 appearances for the Red Devils in the course of the 2014/15 Premier League season whereas he additionally had mortgage spells with Celtic, Blackpool and Birmingham City.
Blackett then loved a 122-game spell at Reading earlier than reuniting along with his former Royals supervisor Jaap Stam at Cincinnati in August, following a short cease with Nottingham Forest.
But Blackett has been sidelined since shifting to Ohio resulting from struggling a groin surgical procedure.
The defender lastly made his debut for the Orange and Blue on Saturday, changing Geoff Cameron within the 77th minute of a 2-1 defeat to NYCFC.
“To be honest I’m happy for myself in terms of getting back to full fitness, well, near enough full fitness and being involved with the team and getting on the pitch,” Blackett told reporters after the match.
“As a team, I would like for us to be playing better and performing better but we have to do it as a team and in the training. But I’m here now and I’m excited to continue with the team and hopefully get some better results.”
Cincinnati took an early lead by way of Brazilian striker Brenner earlier than Keaton Parks and Taty Castellanos fired NYCFC into the lead. Two late pink playing cards for Alvaro Barreal and Isaac Atanga ended any hopes of a comeback for Stam’s aspect.
But Blackett noticed sufficient from his teammates to recommend they may have received the match, with Cincinnati trying 9 photographs on the evening.
“When we look back at the chances that we had, disallowed goals and hitting the posts, the ‘keeper making some saves, I think we had enough to possibly win the game,” he added. “Sometimes it doesn’t fall for you in that way. We have to look at ourselves and we have to look at the gameplan and what we know we can do.”
This newest defeat leaves Cincinnati thirteenth within the Eastern Conference. Next up for Stam’s aspect is a visit to DC United on Saturday.