On Tuesday night, Jordi Osei-Tutu played the full 90 minutes of a match for the first time since his opening game of the season.
Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu has had real problems with injuries in recent years, so it was notable to see him complete the full 90 minutes for Rotherham United against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.
Starting as a left-wing-back, Osei-Tutu helped his loan side to a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw on the day.
Regardless of the result, Tuesday would have been a success for the 23-year-old on an individual basis purely based on how long he was out there.
The last time Osei-Tutu completed 90 minutes was during his loan to Nottingham Forest in August, his very first game of the season.
Since then, he’s had a serious hamstring setback and an ankle injury. Arsenal decided to recall him in January, before re-loaning him to Rotherham United. So far, that decision seems to be paying dividends.
The Arsenal defender had three hamstring setbacks with Cardiff City last campaign, and he spent almost four months out of action this season too.
It’s clear that the primary goal for this campaign is simply keeping him fit and playing as much as possible.
At the same time, Rotherham United are currently top of the table and pushing for promotion to the Championship.
So once he feels comfortable in his fitness again, Osei-Tutu has something to aim for in the final few months.