Atlético striker Borja González is back in training after a six month layoff, following the surgery to repair his torn left MCL.
The promising youth product sustained the injury in his domestic league debut on 15 May, and now vies to make a return to the first team.
“As of right now, my plans are to get in top shape because I’m not at 100 per cent,” he told AS. “My objective is to start playing with the B (team) and gain rhythm.”
The 18-year old was sensible when asked about his chances of reappearing on the senior side.
“I’m aware that I have Agüero, Forlán and Diego Costa ahead of me,” he told the club’s official site. “My team is the reserves, but when Quique Sánchez Flores needs me, I’ll be there and I’ll try to give 100 per cent.”
Reflecting back on that unfortunate mid-May afternoon at the Calderón, the youngster lamented the timing of it all.
“Everything was so hard because the injury came on the day that I made my Liga debut. Getting injured on the day I’d always dreamed about was a big blow.”
Borja was forward-thinking when asked about what the future holds for him.
“I have learned to suffer and that this is not a path of roses. I have a new life ahead of me now. I’m at the end of the tunnel and once you see the light you begin to feel happy.”
Another man that can begin to feel happy is Atleti coach Quique Sánchez Flores. To have a quality attacker like Borja at his disposal will provide a big boost to the tactician’s options.
For much of the season, Los Colchoneros have had to make do with only two available forwards. Sergio Agüero’s injury in the second game of the domestic campaign kept him out for about a month, and Atleti weathered the storm with Diego Forlán and Diego Costa in the attack.
It makes sense for Borja to remain with the reserves for a while, they could certainly use the help. Once he bounces back to peak fitness, he will compete directly with Diego Costa for Atleti’s third striker role. Too bad he couldn’t be fit in time while our Copa del Rey and Europa League campaigns were less demanding, otherwise, they would have provided him with a great opportunity to prove his worth.