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The Serbia international had been out of action due to a knee injury ever since November 2013 but came on as a late substitute against Heidenheim in Saturday's friendly

Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic is delighted to have returned from injury after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old tore two ligaments in his knee in during his side's 2-1 Bundesliga defeat by Wolfsburg in November and was consequently ruled out for the rest of the 2013-14 season. 

After more than eight months on the sidelines, Subotic came on with 15 minutes remaining in Dortmund's 4-3 friendly win over second-tier club Heidenheim on Saturday and is keen to get more game time in the rest of pre-season, in search of full match fitness.

"My mind was everywhere," Subotic remarked to the media.  "I wanted to help the team as well as possible but I have to get accustomed again to play against opponents hurling themselves into tackles. 

"It's impossible to create this competitive environment in training. It's a great feeling to be back. It was great fun and I hope I get the opportunity to play a full half in the next game." 

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, was thrilled to see the centre-back still unafraid to make tough challenges. 

"He was grinning like a Cheshire cat and was immediately in the thick of action. That's Neven," he enthused.

"He went into every tackle and was fully charged up."

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