McManus delighted with Boro start

11 April 2011 02:59
Middlesbrough defender Stephen McManus has told BBC Tees he is delighted to be back in the starting line-up following the 2-1 win over Sheffield United.The 28-year-old has been absent from the first 11 since 6 November when he injured his ankle in the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Riverside. [LNB]He said: "I've been desperate to get back as soon as possible. [LNB]"It was great to play again because after the tackle against Palace I thought that was my season finished." [LNB]He spent five months on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage before returning to first-team action as a substitute against Watford on 19 March.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] The Scotland international then notched his first league goal of the season after coming on as a sub in the 3-3 draw with Leicester on 2 April. [LNB]McManus added: "It's unusual for someone to put you on as a sub if you're a centre-half which the manager's done twice. [LNB]"He has been absolutely first class with me." [LNB]The Scotland international has made 18 appearances for Middlesbrough this season scoring one goal.

Source: BBC_Sport