Captain Shaun Barker buoyed by Derby County return

Shaun Barker
Barker has not played for the Rams this season

Derby County defender Shaun Barker is relieved to be back playing again after seven months out with a knee injury.

Rams skipper Barker played 45 minutes as the reserves drew 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

Midfielder Paul Green and defender Chris Riggott also returned after lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Barker told BBC Radio Derby: "Seven months without playing a competitive game takes its toll but it's good to be back and I didn't feel too unfit."

He added: "I still feel rusty and a bit off it but that's to be expected and I am enjoying be back.

"It's nice to be out there not feeling my knee. It's going to take a while before it's as strong as it used to be but it's getting there and that's the main thing."