Stewart return delights Martin

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Russell Martin spoke of his delight for Ross Stewart, after the striker made his long-awaited return in the 2-1 win at Leeds on the final day of the Championship season.

Stewart had not played since late November, having suffered a hamstring injury that also followed a long spell out with an Achilles problem, but he was fit enough to make the bench at Elland Road and played the closing minutes after being sent on in place of Adam Armstrong.

It could be a timely return for the 27-year-old, who now looks likely to be available for some part in the play-offs.

"The lads just applauded him in the dressing room," revealed Martin afterwards. "I'm really delighted for him, he's such a brilliant guy and he's had such a tough time and he's so desperate to prove how good he is.

"We all know how good he is, we see it now in training and he's really returned to the Ross I enjoyed watching for a few years before I finally got him, so it's going to be a big moment for us."

Martin brought off another striker, Ché Adams, during the second half after he suffered a bit of a knock, but he said that switch was made out of caution.

"Ché obviously came off today, which was a bit of a precaution, but to know we have Ross waiting and champing at the bit is fantastic and he could play a part in one of the biggest moments we're going to have together, so we'll see," he said.