Arsenal defender Rob Holding says Hector Bellerin helped him through his injury rehabilitation.
Holding injured his knee last December, with Bellerin joining him on the sidelines with a similar injury in January.
Both players returned to action in the win over Nottingham Forest and Holding was thankful for Bellerin’s support during the recovery months.
He said: “It’s horrible to say it but it helped having Hector who was going through the same thing. You’ve got a little buddy in the gym. And when Danny Welbeck was still with us, he had a long injury. So the three of us were together and getting each other through it.
“It’s been a totally new experience, I’ve never experienced a long-term injury like that before. But credit to the club and the medical staff and the fitness people. They’ve put their arms round me and got me through it.
“There was a little bit [of nerves tonight]. Obviously you get that nervous energy coming back in front of a full crowd. I played a few games for the Under-23s, so it was a good experience and I was over the moon with it.”