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Southampton's forgotten man Jeremy Pied returned to action against Liverpool U23s today

With rumours linking Cuco Martina away from the club, it looks like Saints will have a back-up right-back prepared for next season already

Southampton v Watford - Premier League Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

It hasn't been the most enjoyable of club moves for Jeremy Pied, having picked up a knee injury just days after following Southampton manager Claude Puel from Nice to the South Coast of England.

However, Pied's social media demeanor has long been one of positivity in spite being left on the sidelines.

Now, Pied has something to feel positive about—completing an hour of football for Southampton Under-23s against Liverpool's youth side in a 2-2 draw at St. Mary's and coming away from the Premier League 2 match unscathed.

“It was good. It was a good game and we worry about the result of course, but for me personally it was a good 60 minutes and I felt good,” Pied said. [H/T The Official Site] “I was very excited because I was the bench for the first-team in the last two games, which were two good results.

“It’s been a long time without football and I know there is not a long time before the end of the season but I have time to give my best and bring something to the team. I would like to continue to win with the first-team and if I have another game with the Under-23s, hopefully I can help them to stay in the league.”

News of Pied's comeback is welcome, given the rumours Saints could be losing its back-up right-back in Cuco Martina to Ronald Koeman's Everton.