Borja González finally returned to play in a league match for Atlético B this past weekend, after a knee ligament injury kept him out for over seven months.
What should have been the biggest moment in his career to that point, turned out to be a nightmare.
The young striker was handed his first team debut by Quique Sánchez Flores in our last la Liga match of the season. He was brought on in the second half of our game against Getafe but was forced to leave the pitch only twenty minutes later.
It’s already the third serious injury Borja suffered with Atleti, all before his career has fully taken off.
But last Sunday, 217 days later, our future number 9 finally returned to play in an official match, albeit for our reserves. He even came close to scoring when a rebound of a corner fell before his feet (as pictured above), but his shot was stopped by the goalkeeper.
Atlético Madrid B did beat Cacereño 1-0 and Borja featured for 15 minutes towards the end. After the match he said he’s focusing on the B-team for now.
“I am very happy to have returned. I have had a hard time, but now I’m ready to help the team get out of the relegation zone.
“I even could have scored, but the goalkeeper made the save of a lifetime. I’m sure the goals will come though.
“Hopefully I can get back to match fitness soon, but I still have much work to do. But I’ll do everything to reach my goals. I want 2011 to be one of my best years.
“Right now it will be tough to get a position in the first team, so I’ll focus on Atlético B and try to get back in shape. You can only do that by playing games.
“It was very tough these last months to have to watch from the stands, but hopefully now I’ll be able to contribute with goals.
“On this level all the teams are equal, so a couple of victories can take you far up the table. For now I’m not worried about my role in the team, I just want to win all of our games.
“I know in my mind what I want and I’m sure 2011 will be a great year for me.”
Atlético Madrid B coach Antonio Rivas will be happy with Borja’s return, as his team can use more goalscoring prowess. Our second side currently sits in the relegation zone, only one point away from a safe spot.