By Alex Stevens
Joe Gomez has taken to Twitter to thank supporters for their messages after making his long-awaited return to full training with Liverpool.
Gomez has finally recovered from a 12-month injury nightmare that began when a promising start to his Anfield career was halted by a knee ligament injury.
The versatile defender, 19, tore his anterior cruciate ligament back in October 2015 and was close to a return to full training in mid-July but suffered a setback when diagnosed with tendinopathy in his Achilles.
However, the Liverpool Echo have reported that Gomez has made a full recovery and was given a round of applause as he made his way onto the training pitches at Melwood on Thursday.
The England Under-21 international thanked fans on his personal Twitter account on Friday evening and revealed how much it mean to be back with the senior team after a year on the sidelines.
Thanks for the messages! Meant a lot to be back amongst the team after a year… hard work starts now #YNWA ❤️
— Joe Gomez (@J_Gomez97) October 14, 2016
Having been sidelined for such a lengthy period, Gomez remains some time away from adding to the seven appearances he made for the Reds before injury struck.
Gomez, who can play centre-back and left-back, was bought by Brendan Rodgers for an initial £3.5million from Charlton Athletic in June 2015.
He has been unable to feature under Jurgen Klopp but the Liverpool manager rates Gomez highly and sees him as a potential key squad member in the coming seasons.
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