Happy returns? Making a comeback from a lengthy lay-off

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Owen Hargreaves marked his first start since November, and his Manchester City debut, with a beautiful long range strike against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup.

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It was a remarkable return to action from the England midfielder, and both he and his club will be hoping it signals a successful rehabilitation from a series of career threatening injuries.

Here, we take a look at some other players who fought back from lengthy lay-offs, and see how they fared upon their return.