Southampton keeper Fraser Forster makes injury return

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Fraser Forster played his first game of competitive football in nine months during an Under 21 game between Southampton and Chelsea this week.

The 27-year-old was able to keep a clean sheet on his returnin a 1-0 victory for the Saints.

The game is the first piece of action since suffering an injury towards the end of last season against Burnley and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will welcome the news as the former Celtic man will feel like a new signing between the sticks.


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Forster signed for Southampton in 2014 after four impressive seasons at Celtic was enough to convince the south coast side to splash out a hefty £10 million for the shot-stopper - making him the most expensive English keeper and a title that Forster looked destined to live up to.

The England international secured 14 clean sheets from 30 appearances in a great first campaign at St Mary's was cut short with an injury to his patellar tendon, putting the former Newcastle United player out for almost 300 days.

The recovery for Forster had been a long and frustrating one, considering the injury had come at an awkward time just when Southampton were making a serious push for European football at the end of March.

At that stage, Forster had equalled the highest clean sheet record for top flight keepers that season and his injury was considered partly responsible for the Saints' decline in form towards the end of the year.

Forster comes back into a side that sit mid-table for goals conceded, (24 in total) and faces stern competition for his place against the experienced Martin Stekelenburg - a keeper Ronald Koeman knows well from his time at Ajax - although, some inconsistent performances recently could force the Saints boss to throw Forster straight into the action.

Southampton face Crystal Palace next in the FA Cup a tricky third round tie but it might be too soon for Forster as Koeman will be keen to monitor his recovery from the U-21 fixture.

The addition of a consistent goalkeeper comes right in the middle of the season and could prove vital in Southampton's campaign.

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