Atlético goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was given medical clearance on Thursday, exactly six months after the surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee, reports Atleti’s official site.
The fully recovered ‘keeper, who according to Atlético’s Chief of Medical Services is “at the full disposal of his coach”, gave a press conference at the Majadahonda training facilities on Thursday.
“I’m 22 years old and so many other players have gone through this,” Asenjo said.
“I think surgery is very advanced nowadays, and it is evident that I’m in perfect condition.
“At no point did I think that, being 22 years old, I was going to quit football.”
Asenjo has been very unfortunate the past two seasons, sustaining two severe injuries to the same knee within 10 months, the first in May 2010 and the second back in February.
Nonetheless, Sergio assured he has felt no discomfort on the practice field these past two weeks.
“I’ve been training with the team for 15 days now, and I couldn’t feel better,” he said.
“I don’t feel any pain.”
Likely third in Gregorio Manzano’s depth chart between the sticks behind expected starter Joel and the on-loan Belgian Thibaut Courtois, Asenjo doesn’t seem to mind the competition.
“We’re three very young goalkeepers with desire to triumph here at Atleti,” he said.
“I’m taking it one step at a time, progressing day-by-day with the objective of showing my quality in goal.”