Date: 11th March 2015 at 7:50pm
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It’s been a long road back from injury for Farid El Alagui but the Hibs striker made his playing return this week when he got an outing in the Development Squads game against St Mirren.

The striker, who hadn’t been involved in a competitive game since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in a defeat back in August against Alloa, not only made his return he marked his 45-minute outing by setting up our first goal just before the half hour mark before scoring himself around five-minutes later to put us two-up at that point.

In the end we had to settle for a two-two draw but the main thing, from our point of view as far as the 29-year old was concerned is that he made his return and didn’t feel bad for it! He did admit to the Edinburgh News that he was suffering a bit of ‘apprehension’ ahead of the game but as soon as it got underway he ‘forgot about it’ and focused on the job in hand.

Whilst he felt good and was happy to get a goal and assist, coming through was the main thing as he continues his return but he’s not going to set a date for his first-team return just yet and isn’t going to rush this either.

‘The main thing was to get through the 45 minutes and I felt good. Fitness wise I felt really good, so I’m really happy with that and the goal; the assist is obviously a bonus.

‘I do not have a target – when it is right for me to come back, then I will, but it is up to the staff and we have to discuss it. But, from my point of view, I feel good about it and when they need me I will be there.

‘Its not the same team as when I was injured – it’s definitely much stronger. It just gives me an extra boost to come back stronger than I was and try to get back into the team.’

We’re not short of striking options but another returning before the season is out isn’t a bad thing is it! He’ll come back when he’s good and ready, more to the point when Alan Stubbs feels he’s ready, and not before.

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