Date: 3rd March 2016 at 5:52pm
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Gaetan Bong made his return for Brighton this week in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Cardiff, his first football in four-months due to injury.

Bong, who lined up alongside fellow first-team players Niki Maenpaa, Inigo Calderon, Gordon Greer, Jiri Skalak, Kazenga LuaLua and James Wilson has spoken of his delight at the backing and support the fans have given him to keep his spirits high during his injury enforced absence.

When sidelined in the past he had all his friends and family close in France, which helped, but this time the Cameroonian international was largely isolated so that made a difficult time harder. Well, it would have but for the fans’ support with him telling the Official Website how appreciative of this he was.

‘I had an injury before and came back stronger. The only thing that can stop you is your mind and you have to come back stronger and always look forward. That`s the most important thing for the rest of the season. I`m happy to be back because it`s the most important thing for the team and the fans. They send me messages every day. I know that the fans are behind me and they wanted me to come back.’

Offering up this special thanks.

‘I want to say thank you to them because I received a lot of messages on Twitter. It wasn`t easy to have this injury, but when the people are behind you, they push you and it makes you want to give your best for the team.’

His injury kept him out for a little longer than he thought it would, longer than anyone had felt it could, but having come through that without any reaction he’s looking forward to putting pressure on those ahead of him and getting back into the first-team.

The 27-year-old knows he’s got competition, and Chris Hughton isn’t going to instantly bring him back in, with him ready for this battle.

Bong finished by saying, all in all, he just wanted to come back and try to make a difference to our (already) successful season.

‘It`s normal to have competition at any team. The only thing is that everyone needs to give their best every day in training and in the games. We need to keep working hard to achieve our objective. We are lucky now because we`ve had our hard moment and it was difficult to watch the team then. Now I`m happy to come back and help the team.’

As long as he doesn’t have any setbacks (as much as he’ll not just walk straight back in) I wouldn’t think it too long before Hughton brings him back in, do you?

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