Marvin Emnes revealed his delight at making a return to action after overcoming a knee injury sustained in pre-season.
The Dutchman, who completed a permanent move to the Liberty Stadium in the summer, came through 90 minutes for the Under-21s on Monday against Cardiff.
Emnes impressed after arriving from Middlesbrough back in January, but suffered an injury in the build-up to the Premier League opener against Manchester United.
But after being an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge last weekend, the winger was delighted to be back out on the pitch once more.
"It has been a long time," he said. "I was looking forward to playing games again and I now have that chance.
"In pre-season I was playing well and having good training sessions, and I felt really sharp. To pick up an injury was very difficult but it's great to be back now.
"I finished last season quite well and after a good pre-season I was really looking forward to the first game of this year.
"When you get injured it is always disappointing, but the team is playing really well at the moment and I'm looking forward to getting back and helping my team-mates as soon as possible.
"And it would be nice to be back against Southampton on Saturday."