Hahn relieved to be playing football again

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Andre Hahn has revealed his delight at being back in the match day squad after spending four and a half months on the sideline.

The 25-year-old has been back in first team training for two weeks but return to the matchday squad against Frankfurt at the weekend and he couldn't have been more thrilled.

"I am pleased that I have come through the hardest period, and have been training with the first team for two weeks now. It's just nice to be back out on the pitch with the boys," he told the club's website.

"It was amazing being back in the squad after my four-and-a-half-month absence. I was pleased just to be back in the team hotel the night before. Usually I don't enjoy that part so much, but I was soaking it in last week.

"I had goose bumps on matchday, which is obviously normally the case but it was special because I've had to wait so long.

"When I heard the applause and chants of the fans then it all increased – once again a big thank you to everyone who has supported me during this difficult time."

Unfortunately he did not make an appearance off the bench, but it does set up a potentially interesting return against Schalke and the man who injured him Johannes Geis.

"I would have liked to have played a few minutes against Frankfurt, especially when we were 3-0 up. But I'm not at all disappointed or angry – maybe I'll get my chance on Friday against Schalke," he added.

"I'm actually not that bothered by the whole thing. It's just any other game for me, one I am looking forward to a lot. I just want to play football again, and I've always enjoyed playing Schalke.

"It's an important game for us. We want to win, and that's the most important thing – not any personal issues concerning myself," he concluded.