Atleti’s official site reports that Sergio Asenjo and Borja González, who both suffered severe knee injuries in the back-end of last season, returned to the training ground yesterday for some very light exercises.
The footballers had spent several weeks undergoing indoor rehabilitation following their successful surgeries, and are set to return to competitive action in November.
Asenjo was handed a rare start in goal back in early May, after Quique decided to give fellow wonderkid David de Gea the night off in a match against Sporting Gijón.
Tragically, following an aerial challenge with Sporting’s Mate Bilić a little over 10 minutes into the match, Sergio landed awkwardly and tore his right ACL.
Borja’s injury was equally as devastating. Manager Quique Sánchez Flores had rested most of his starters in our last Primera División game of the season, just days before the Copa del Rey final versus Sevilla.
That final home encounter against Getafe opened up a nice opportunity for several canteranos to leave an early impression at the Calderón prior to the 2010-11 campaign. The highly regarded Atlético B striker, who in his climb up the youth team ranks broke all of the cantera’s scoring records, came on for Tiago in the 55th minute in what was to be a very short-lived first team debut.
Just moments later the 18-year old misstepped while trying to prevent a ball from going out of bounds, tearing his ACL in the process.
Fortunately, both players are expected to be fully fit and in match condition by the end of November, slightly sooner than what was earlier anticipated.
Álvaro Domínguez returned to training after arriving home early from his U21 duties with Spain. The centre-half picked up a booking in the game against the Netherlands and is automatically suspended for the upcoming encounter with Poland.
Atlético defender Juanito overcame the tendinitis that kept him off duty for three weeks and also practised with the squad. Fran Mérida, however, did not train and remains a very strong doubt for Saturday’s clash at Bilbao.