Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
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Soccer world confident Zanetti will be back

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(By Paul Virgo)
Milan, April 30 - If a professional athlete snaps
their Achilles tendon just months before they turn 40, it would
usually be safe to assume that the injury spelled the end of
their career.
But Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti, who ruptured his
tendon in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Palermo, is no ordinary
athlete.
The former Argentina full back has played more
matches for Inter than any one else, having notched over 800
appearances since joining the club in 1995.
He has started over 90% of the Serie A giants' games since
arriving in Milan and had played more matches than any other
squad member this season.
And despite his 39 years, he continued to show the energy
of a teen in his performances this season before the injury,
which looks set to sideline him for eight months.
So Zanetti, an exemplary professional and gentleman both on
and off the field, is confident the Palermo match will not be
his last.
"After a career like the one I've had, I'd like to play at
least one more match in front of my fans and I hope it's more
than one," Zanetti told Inter's in-house TV channel.
"Thankfully I've not had many serious injuries over the
course of my career, this is perhaps the first.
"I'll take my time, try to recover and, above all, to
return 100% fit".
Given the Argentine's attitude to training and his physical
attributes, his optimism is shared by most people in the game
"It's very sad, I feel really bad for him. He knows that, I
spoke to him straight after it happened. But with his character
he'll be back, no doubt about it," said Inter Chairman Massimo
Moratti.
"He's said that he doesn't want this to be the end of his
career".
Zanetti has helped Inter win five Serie A titles and four
Italian Cups, in addition to the 1998 UEFA CUP, when he scored
in a 3-0 win over Lazio in the final, and the Champions League
and Club World Cup in 2010.
Among the fellow footballers to wish Zanetti well was
former Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero.
"Good luck Javier Zanetti," Del Piero, who now plays in
Australia for Sydney FC, said on his website.
"I'm cheering for your return to the field".

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