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Marlon King was happy to return to action, despite Watford's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.

The striker ended six months on the sidelines with a knee injury by featuring for the closing 15 minutes of Saturday's 4-1 loss at Villa Park.

King was not originally expected to be involved against United, but proved his fitness to Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd.

"I've trained all week and felt well and then I got a call from the gaffer to ask how I was feeling and I said 'yeah, I'm ready to go'," King told the club's official website.

"My kit hadn't even been taken from the training ground for this game, someone had to go back and get my kit from the ground so I could be on the bench.

"I've been able to turn a negative into a positive and we can now think about the rest of the season with my involvement, and then next season too.

"Some people don't come back from serious injuries, but I'm back on the pitch and happy.

"When you think you're going to be out for six weeks and you end up being out for six months it's hard to take, but it's all behind me now."

The forward had scored twice in eight appearances prior to his injury and is now keen to figure against Blackburn Rovers in midweek.

He added: "I feel good and it was nice to put my knee through a proper test, but I've got to do a lot more training yet and get fitter and stronger again.

"I want to just try and be in the squad for Wednesday."