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Nabil glad to be back!

Posted on 27 November 2014  - 12:35

Nabil Bentaleb is back - and says he feels stronger after six weeks out with a ankle injury.

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The all-action midfielder hasn't featured in first team action since Matchday Two of the Europa League against Besiktas at the Lane on October 2.

Nabil played in eight of our 11 matches up to that point and back in the squad for Matchday Five against Partizan Belgrade tonight, he can't wait to get back out there again.

"It’s hard to be injured but I’ve used it to make myself stronger, especially stronger mentally," said Nabil. "I’m back now and I feel stronger."

Nabil played in our group stage opener in Belgrade, a hard-fought goalless draw with few chances.

"The atmosphere was something else and it was tough out there," he reflected. "At the time we were disappointed but we didn't lose, came away with a point and that's how you progress in Europe.

"Partizan are a good team and we won't underestimate any team in this group.

"It's one game and anything could happen. We will be fully focused and try to play our game and then we can win this match and go through to the knockout stage."