Liam Chilvers finally ended an injury nightmare last night, that has last lasted almost 17 months, when he made his first start for Preston North End since March 2008.

The former Arsenal trainee ruptured his achilles tendon during a warm up at Charlton, on March 8th and barring five minutes of action at Birmingham last season the defender has been a virtual spectator.

Chilvers benefited from the absence of Callum Davidson (Scotland), Sean St Ledger and Eddie Nolan (Republic of Ireland) but took his chance with both hands as he completed the 90 minutes. The only disappointment was the late goal scored by Morecambe to prevent the clean sheet as Preston romped to a 5-1 win.

But for Chilvers he was just delighted to be back playing as he revealed exclusively to

"I was nice to finally start a competitive match, it's been a long time since the last one so it was good to get out there and the win was obviously good as well.

"I had a few moments when I thought I might never get back; I think anybody would who had been out for that period of time. I got back from the initial injury quite quickly but then other problems kept popping up and they were the ones that got me down more than the achilles injury but the physio's and the other lads kept me going and it was a big step playing last night, now I just hope to get to a run of games."

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