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"I was pleased to get 90 minutes and to just get back out there, I've missed it." Coventry City defender Seb Hines

8 December 2014

The City loanee completed 90 minutes for the Under-21s today and is looking forward to working his way back into first-team contention...

Coventry City defender Seb Hines admitted he was devastated to get injured back in October, as he returned for the Under 21s today.

The 26-year-old, on loan from Middlesbrough, picked up a hamstring injury in training shortly after the 3-2 win over Peterborough.

Hines said he was disappointed to get injured after such a big match and admitted he has missed featuring for City during his lay-off.

"It's great to be back after a long time," Hines said.

"Obviously my last game was an epic game, to come back from 2-0 down, but I was devastated to do my hamstring in training shortly afterwards. You want to keep winning and keep momentum both personally and from a team point of view.

"I'm used to getting mentally ready to come back and it was a good test today, I was pleased to get 90 minutes and to just get back out there, I've missed it.

"You are judged on games, so it was another chance for me to sort of put myself back in the mix. Whether it be playing for the Under 21s or the first team, I will always give 110%. Obviously I want to get back in the first-team and hopefully I can work my way back."

Hines, who has made nine appearances for the Sky Blues since arriving in September, played his first competitive minutes since his injury at Liberty Way today.

He completed the 90 minutes alongside a young Sky Blues side, with the only blemish being a 2-0 defeat

But the defender, who was one of the more experienced names on the team-sheet, was full of praise for the young team who came up against a Nottingham Forest team with plenty of Football League experience.

He added: "I suppose I had a job to be a leader today. I've got like eight years or more on some of the lads! I've been at their age playing with older players and obviously it was a different experience for me today.

"I think the difference today was the physicality of the players, they had an experienced side and the youngsters did well. They didn't put a foot wrong apart from two goals which could have been avoided but it's a learning curve, everyone is still young and they will only get better with games like this."

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