Tahith Chong made his long-awaited return from injury for Birmingham City this weekend, playing two matches for the club’s Under-23s, either side of a substitute appearance for the first team against Huddersfield Town.
The Dutch winger suffered a ruptured thigh tendon while training in late October and underwent surgery before rehabilitation at our Carrington training ground. He went back to Birmingham earlier this month and has been building up match fitness ahead of his return.
Chong started on Monday night for the Blues’ Under-23s and completed a 45-minute run-out, in which he registered an assist. On Saturday, he came off the bench 24 minutes from time in the first team’s 2-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield.
Post-match, manager Lee Bowyer said, “We all have to be patient with him, it was good to see him out there, it’s going to take a while to get Tahith back to the position he was before the injury.”
The Blues are managing Tahith’s return carefully, and he started once again for the Under-23s on Sunday, scoring after just six minutes. The 22-year-old won the ball back high up the pitch and accelerated to take on goalkeeper Sol Brynn one-on-one. With a dummy, he rounded Brynn and slotted home.
Tahith’s Birmingham team-mate and fellow United loanee Teden Mengi missed Saturday’s Championship game as he recovers from his own minor hamstring injury.
Elsewhere in the division, midfielder James Garner continued his good form with Nottingham Forest scoring the second goal for Steve Cooper’s side in their 2-0 home win against Bristol City, as you can watch below.