Jordi Alba has mused on the difficult time he has had in recent weeks with injury, but estimates his return for Barcelona with two weeks.
The converted full-back suffered a strain in mid-September in his right thigh and, during the final days of recovery from that, then suffered a slightly worse strain in his left thigh in mid-October.
Back to light training this week ahead of an anticipated increased workload, the 24-year-old has revealed his optimism now.
“I’ve had a pretty bad time, in my career before I have never been injured,” considered Alba to reporters today.
“And now I have had one for three weeks and another for six…and now I can see the light. I feel better and in a week-and-a-half or two, I will have recovered.”
Alba was joined on the sidelines last week by Lionel Messi, who has also suffered a thigh injury of his own.
“We should leave Leo alone, when he is well he will be back with the group.
“The Ballon d’Or? If we look at who is the best in the world then it is Lionel Messi, for the difference he makes. Everybody knows that Leo is the best.”
The former Valencia man reflected on Barca’s play so far this term under Tata Martino, which has generated a lot of debate.
“We are very comfortable with the debate on our play, there are different tastes for everyone, we are getting results and the game is still very good.
“I see the team from the outside, I see one that is great, and we now have other alternatives, whilst I am sure that we will also improve.”