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Derby joy for Aguiar

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Bruno Aguiar thanked God, Hearts fans and his physios after he ended an 18-month absence to score the goal that gave his side a 1-1 draw in the Edinburgh derby.

The Portuguese midfielder curled home a low 20-yard free-kick just before half-time at Easter Road to cancel out Steven Fletcher's second-minute opener in an electric Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.

Clutching a bottle of champagne, Aguiar said: "I'm very happy. I couldn't imagine after 18 months that my first game back would be a derby. I was man of the match - it was a gift from God after he gave me a bad time."

Aguiar raced over to embrace physio Rob Marshall after his equaliser and threw his shirt into the away fans after the game as he thanked the people who had helped him through a year and a half of worry.

"The physio was very important for me," he said. "You can imagine, being out for 18 months sometimes I thought I couldn't play again.

"All the time he pushed me and said: 'Bruno, you will come back.'

"When I scored, I was thinking abut the physio. But not just this physio, and the one who went to Newcastle, David Henderson - all the physios at Hearts and all the people at Hearts, because I have a contract and I didn't play for 18 months.

"It wasn't my fault, it was a very bad tackle, and then I twisted my knee.

"In these 18 months, when I'm in the street or the stadium, everyone said 'Bruno, I want you to come back', and 'Bruno, the team needs you'.

"This was very good for me because when I'm at home I know that everyone wanted me back."

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