Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata received the perfect compensation for missing a family Christmas when he was handed his senior debut at Middlesbrough.
The 19-year-old was drafted into Roberto Mancini's starting line-up for Saturday's FA Cup third round trip to the Riverside Stadium after being told to cancel a planned trip back to his native Belgium over the festive period.
"I was due to fly home on Christmas Eve, but then I was told I had to stay back to train, so I was a bit upset at first. But I have been training with some fantastic players every day since, and now to make my debut is a fantastic feeling," said Belgium Under-21 international Boyata.
"I did not have the chance to ring anyone before the game and I did not really want to hear them at that point.
"But I made sure I texted them so all my family know I have played. I spoke to my dad right after the game and they are all delighted for me."
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