Atlético goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, who is in the final phase of his recovery from knee surgery, gave a press conference on Wednesday at the Los Ángeles de San Rafael training facilities where Atleti is undergoing pre-season.
The ‘keeper, who befriended Atlético sporting director Jose Luis Caminero back in their days at Valladolid together, is hopeful he will be fully fit before our first Liga match kicks off against Real Sociedad the 21st of August.
Caminero had recently told COPE that the signing of an additional goalie would depend on whether or not Asenjo would be cleared to play in time before the start of the 2011/12 season.
“My recovery is going well,” Sergio told reporters.
“I hope to be with the group the first week of August. I hope that on the 11th [of August], I will be granted full clearance to play.”
No stranger to adversity, having suffered severe injuries to his right knee in back-to-back seasons, the former Spanish youth international admitted “these past two years have been difficult, but I’m only 22 years old and I have a lot of time left ahead of me.
“In the past, the fans had little faith in me and now I have to win back their respect. I think that both I and Joel are ready to defend Atlético’s goal.”
Asked if he had any concerns about another serious injury blow, Asenjo responded, “I’m not afraid of re-injuring myself, injuries are a part of football.
“I have to be able to withstand the pressure of manning Atlético’s goal. I have to forget the past and start from scratch.”
Are you one of those fans that lost faith in Asenjo back in the 2009/10 season? Are you ready to give the youngster another chance?