Emmanuel Emenike said he is delighted to return to action for Spartak Moscow on Saturday after he missed two crucial games due to injury. The Nigeria international striker was sidelined for the Russia Premier League game at Anzhi as well as an important UEFA Champions League tie against Benfica on account of a waist problem.
Emenike was a 66th minute substitute in a 2-0 Spartak win over Mordovia Saransk when he replaced Ananidze. The former Fenerbahce forward told MTNFootball.com he is very happy to back on the pitch.
“I am very happy for my return, I have missed the action but I am happy to be back to and be part of the victory today,” Emenike told MTNFootball.com
“I thank the club medics for their support and the entire team, they really helped me come back quickly.
“Injury is part of the game, but it’s frustrating sitting back and watching your team lose. I felt really bad when lost to Anzhi because it could have been an easy game for us if some of us were available.”
Spartak now face three consecutive away fixtures and Emenike told MTNFootball.com they will be demanding.
“We have tough games ahead of us, away games are always difficult, that is why we all have to remain fit for the task ahead. Big games, big challenges, tough opponents. It’s really crazy, but we just have to face them squarely,” he said.