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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 has voiced his delight with his return from injury after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Subotic, 25, tore two ligaments in his knee in the Bundesliga in the 2-1 defeat against 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 2.Bundesliga side Heidenheim on Saturday. 

The Serbia international was delighted to be back and hopes to get more game time in pre-season as he looks to regain match fitness. 

"My mind was everywhere," Subotic said.  "I wanted to help the team as good 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 said.

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