Giovani Lo Celso has opened up on the challenges of being sidelined for so long after returning to action in Villarreal’s win over Alemira on Saturday.
Lo Celso had a solid start to the season after sealing a return to Villarreal on loan last summer but the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in October.
That only saw him miss a few games for the La Liga club but also meant that he missed Argentina’s successful World Cup campaign, with the Albiceleste making history in Qatar by lifting the trophy after 36 years.
The midfielder finally completed his long-awaited return from injury on Saturday as he replaced Alex Baena in the 89th minute, with the Yellow Submarine emerging 2-0 winners.
The on-loan Tottenham man took to social media after the game to express his relief at being back out on the field and thanked those who stood by him during his injury.
Uff cuánto tiempo esperé este momento 🥺Muy feliz de volver hacer lo que más me gusta que es jugar al fútbol 🙏🏼⚽️ Muchas gracias a los que me acompañaron durante este tiempo en la recuperación , Mi familia , el cuerpo médico de @VillarrealCF , el cuerpo médico de @Argentina // pic.twitter.com/smntt0w8KI
— Giovani Lo Celso (@LoCelsoGiovani) March 4, 2023
Villarreal do not have the option to buy Lo Celso at the end of the season and would have to enter into negotiations with Spurs if they wish to do so, with Estadio Deportivo reporting back in January that the Lilywhites are expected to demand around €20m (£17.6m) for the player.
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While Lo Celso would have been heartbroken to miss the World Cup, the fact that the season was interrupted by the tournament has meant that the midfielder only missed a handful of games for Villarreal.
He now has an opportunity to impress and convince the La Liga club to snap him up permanently in the summer.
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