Wolfsburg defender John Brooks returned to Bundesliga action in the 3-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday, following four months out with a knee injury.

Brooks was making only his eighth appearance of the season, after a torn thigh tendon sustained in the the opening round of the DFB Cup forced him to miss the Wolves' first nine Bundesliga matches of the 2017/18 campaign.

The 25-year-old's last outing came in the 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig on 12 December 2017.

It wasn't quite the comeback Brooks would have had in mind, however.

He was taken off in the 29th minute, already on a yellow card and having seemingly just received his final warning from match referee Tobias Stieler.

Brooks (l.) made way for Marcel Tisserand (c.), with Wolfsburg trailing Gladbach 1-0. © imago

Brooks is nearing the end of his first season in a Wolfsburg shirt.

He joined the 2009 Bundesliga champions from hometown club Hertha Berlin in summer 2017, for a fee reported to be the highest ever paid for a USA international.

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