Julio Baptista hopes to play in a few weeks after long-term injury

Will it be a happy Christmas for Julio Baptista as he looks to return to action with Malaga in the coming weeks?
Will it be a happy Christmas for Julio Baptista as he looks to return to action with Malaga in the coming weeks?

Former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista is hoping to return to action with Malaga after his damaged Achilles has kept him out since July.

The 31-year-old had to sit out most of the last La Liga campaign with his Achilles problems, and he is yet to feature for the Malaga this season since undergoing a post-season operation.

Baptista has been an influential player for his current club after making his transfer from Roma in Italy, and the timing of his return will be welcomed by Malaga who are currently in fifth position in the league and looking for something to push them forward to challenge for the Champions League places.

The Brazilian striker is hopeful that he may be ready in time to face Cacereno, the team Malaga face in the round of 32 in the Copa del Rey on November 28.

“I am looking to return at the end of November or the beginning of December,” said Baptista.

“I hope I can be ready to play against Cacereno because that is still a long way off and I cannot wait to start playing again and to have my normal life back.

“It has been almost four months of recuperation since the operation and we are more or less where the doctors said we would be.

“I am training and doing all of the activities asked of me. To be able to play I will need to have a few more training sessions with the squad.

“After so much time out I will need to improve my level to be ready for official games, but I am doing all I can for my comeback.”

 

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