Barcelona right-back Aleix Vidal admits medics “laughed” at his suggestion of recovering in time for the Copa del Rey Final after his late cameo against Alaves.
Vidal dislocated his ankle against Alaves back in February and was given a recovery time of five months, but the former Sevilla man appeared for the final 10 minutes of Barca’s 3-1 win at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.
“Once again, work and confidence has shown to yield results,” he told TV3 after the final whistle.
“Daily work has allowed me to enjoy a few minutes against the team that injured me. I’m very happy.
“The truth is that the medics laughed at me because I said that I’d be back for the Copa final and they gave me a recovery time of five months.
“Still, I’m lucky to have been cured quickly, and it’s also helped that I’ve looked after myself and worked 100 percent.
“I never had the objective of being back [for the Final], it was a joke, but ultimately it wasn’t [a joke].
“Strained relationship with Luis Enrique? These things happen. It’s true that I experienced difficult times, but just when things were changing and I was starting to play with confidence, I had the bad luck of injuring myself.
“Things happen for a reason, I have nothing to say about them and bad experiences are to be learnt from.
“I can only wish [Enrique] luck and thank him for the time he’s spent here. You never know if you end up crossing paths [with someone] again.”