Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti is confident of a full recovery from his Achilles surgery.
Zanetti's surgeon expects the Argentine to be playing again in six months.
â€śThe rehabilitation has already begun,â€ť the Argentine said at the Policlinico San Matteo on Thursday. â€śThe operation has been completed and now my recovery is even closer than before.
â€śThe most important thing is to stay healthy and heal well, then weâ€™ll see how long it will take me to get back on the pitch.
â€śIâ€™ll do everything to get back in action. This is the first serious injury of my career. Itâ€™s come right now. But I have the strength to look forward and the desire to return to the pitch.â€ť
Zanetti has been inundated with messages of support since he was stretchered off at the Stadio Barbera.
â€śIâ€™ve received many messages, not only from the world of football, but also from all over the world of sport.
â€śItâ€™s made me incredibly happy. Even when I went into the operating room I could hear the fans outside cheering me on â€“ and they even had a banner for me.
â€śThe show of support in these days by so many people has been very touching and emotional.â€ť
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