Thomas, who captained the first team during their Scottish pre-seasontour, has missed most of the season so far after being the victim of aparting gift in training from Gary Deegan which left the Coventry bornplayer, who was making appearances for City U18's aged fourteen, withankle ligament damage.
Thomas had been rushed back and broken down but returned today to playthe last sixteen minutes of City U21's 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Robbie Findley scored the only goal of the game in the 43rd minute in amatch which saw Forest have the better of the chances, hitting thewoodwork twice.
City: Burge, Phillips, Joe Henderson, Brown (Thomas 74), Malaga, Willis,Roberts, Lobjoit (Garner 46), Jeffers, Daniels, Baker-Richardson (Maund56).
Subs Haynes, Rowlku
Forest: Darlow, Papworth, Fenton, Blake, Lascelles (Kamaneno 63), Regan,Gnahore, Moussi, Findley,Otim (Landu 70), Wallace.
Subs Hollingsworth,Smith, Gregory.