It’s been over eight months since Gareth Barry last competed on a football pitch, and yesterday finally saw the return of the veteran midfielder to action.
“There are a lot of mental challenges. I’m thankful that I am back to feeling good.”
???????? on returning to full fitness, why he wanted to carry on playing and his hopes for the season… ????
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 20, 2019
The 38-year-old West Brom star started for the Baggies in a behind-closed-door fixture against League Two side Port Vale in a game that saw an XI of both academy and first-team players take to the field in a 4-0 win.
Will Barry be a welcome addition to the West Brom squad?
Barry played a good hour for West Brom before being replaced by Nick Clayton-Phillips, and West Brom fans on social media were glad to see the long-playing midfielder return to the pitch after missing the majority of the year due to a knee injury that has kept the 38-year-old out of action since March.
Here’s what some West Brom fans had to say about Barry’s return to the pitch on Twitter…
Absolute class player and will be welcome back at Goodison anytime to a great reception! I hope he does well with WBA this year – get back to the prem!!
— Gareth Ratcliffe (@N9GJR) November 20, 2019
if called upon Saturday I am pretty sure he won’t let the side down
— albion (@Big_Jay1970) November 20, 2019
— Baggies Addict (@BaggiesAddict) November 19, 2019
Baggies supporters were delighted to see the 38-year-old midfielder slowly return to first-team fitness…
— Jack May (@Jackmaywba) November 19, 2019
Just in time
— Chris washbrook (@Chriswashbrook1) November 20, 2019
— Colm Brosnan (@ColmBrosnan) November 19, 2019
Barry has recently admitted to The Express and Star that he feels ready to return to first-team football.