Sergio Canales is keen to forget 2012 and has promised that his comeback from injury will this time be ‘definitive’.
The former Racing Santander attacker came back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season only to suffer the same injury soon after.
Out of action since surgery in May, the 21-year-old is now nearing his return to first-team duties at Valencia, and is anticipating it.
“I feel that this will be a good year. I have great enthusiasm. I am 100 per cent and I want to do things well,” he told reporters this week.
“From not being injured as much, the objectives will come. I have been waiting a long time for my comeback and this will be definitive, I know.
“Yes, 2012 was bad, I had a really hard time with my second cruciate injury and I was unlucky. In the end, though, it is just a knee injury, mine has no merit. [Eric] Abidal looks to be a super positive person and is an example to all, I admire his courage.
“You have to enjoy life and deal with setbacks. I noticed how [Spanish Basketball star] Ricky Rubio faced injury and now I must look forward and not repeat the mistakes I have made before.
“When do I return? On January 15 I will pass my last test and from there I will be discharged. I’m working hard and training with all my colleagues.”