Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says it is a pleasure to see injured striker Liam Hearn playing once again.
Hearn played 15 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 reserve win at Rotherham United.
It was the first time Hearn has put on a Mansfield Town shirt since limping off during the Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield United in August.
Said Murray: “It was a pleasure seeing Liam Hearn back. He looked fit and strong and it is great to have him back.
“From day one, once he got over the shock and disappointment, his attitude has been perfect and he has been determined to come back stronger and not let anything stop him.
“He is back two months ahead of schedule, which says a lot.
“Liam is obviously over the moon to be back and we can’t get him off the training ground right now.
“We have still got to be wary with him. He has had a long time out and not played a lot of football, we have got to be careful and avoid rushing him back.”
It capped an excellent outing for the Stags reserves side, who defeated Rotherham thanks to two Alex Fisher goals.
“The kids did well against a good Rotherham team,” Murray added.“The win helps individual confidence. Wins are always good because it helps breed a winning mentality throughout the club.
“The performance was very encouraging. We want to allow the kids to express themselves and to be comfortable on the ball.
“It is about being effective with the ball and the players were excellent.”