Injury-troubled New Zealand international Ryan Thomas has made his first competitive start in two years, featuring in PEC Zwolle’s 2-0 win against Fortuna Sittard.
Thomas (28) managed to play the first half before being forced off with cramp soon after the break.
However, after four injury-ravaged seasons, the All White told a post-match interviewer he was happy to have started the game, and that his PEC Zwolle team had won their Dutch first division match played on Monday November 6 (NZT).
Te Puke-born Thomas joined Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2018 but the former Melville United, Waikato FC and Western Suburbs player experienced a cruciate ligament tear, and needed two operations on his knee and ankle.
He joined his former club PEC Zwolle on a one-year contract in October 2022 and has been gradually building his fitness levels.
Injuries have restricted his All Whites appearances to 19 since his debut in 2014, and he missed last year’s FIFA World Cup campaign.
Watch Ryan Thomas interview
Interview is conducted in Dutch