Valencia midfielder Ever Banega says he is ‘ready for war’ again after his eight-month injury absence.
The Argentine international was sidelined after an unfortunate accident involving his car at a petrol station, when the vehicle ran over his foot, but his recent return as a substitute against Athletic Bilbao and appearances against Real Valladolid and Llagostera has him chomping at the bit.
“The most important thing is that the accident is now left behind and I’m again ready for war,” he told Superdeporte. “My father has been with me for the last few weeks and that has helped because it is a long time since we’ve seen each other, so I’ve spent some time with him. I’ve enjoyed having him here.”
Banega, 24, was handed the captain’s armband by boss Mauricio Pellegrino for the Valladolid and Llagostera games and, having been with the club since 2008, he says it is a source of pride.
“I’m very proud to have worn the armband as I’ve been with the club a long time and perhaps I am now one of the veterans in the team,” said Banega, who was pleased with the point taken from the Jose Zorrilla at the weekend.
“The main thing was not to lose after taking the lead early on but things are now going well and we have to continue in this manner.
“On a personal level I’m happy and content. It’s true I found it very hard because I was out a long time, but it’s important I now get more minutes under my belt.”
He was also asked about Pellegrino, who had been questioned after a run of poor results at the start of the season.
“In the dressing room we are all behind the coaching staff,” he replied.