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Asensio: “I’m feeling good and my knee is keeping up”

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The attacker talked to Real Madrid TV after his long recovery from the ACL injury he picked up last summer.

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images

It’s been a long season for Marco Asensio. The Spanish attacker tore his ACL during the 2019 pre-season stage and has spent all year recovering from that injury. Now, Asensio is ready to come back and help the team during the last few games of the season. The winger talked to Real Madrid TV and shared his thoughts about his recovery and his feelings now that he’s been able to train with the squad for the last two weeks.

“I’m feeling very good! The first week was a bit different given that I was able to train with my teammates again after so many months. My adaptation is going just fine and my knee is keeping up, so in all honesty I feel very good physically,” said Asensio.

The Spanish talent has had to stay patient but his hard work has paid off.

“It’s been a long wait for me. I worked a lot and stayed patient because it was tough for me to rehab when my teammates were training each and every day. I joined my teammates on the field and that’s what’s important now. It was worth the wait,” he added.

Asensio revealed that the team is still trying to gel and play as a unit after three months of quarantine.

“We’ve spent quite a while without being able to stay on the pitch together and now we are still getting used to the offensive and defensive mechanisms. We are now able to train with more people and the intensity has picked up. We will surely get better as soon as the competition gets closer, although we got here with a good physical condition and looking forward to training together. We’ve done a good job on our homes and now that’s paying off,” explained Asensio.

Real Madrid have 11 games to cut Barcelona’s current two-point lead and compete for La Liga title.

“We’re looking forward to La Liga restarting again so that we can face those title-deciding games. We know it’s going to be do or die, we have to give our best in every game and we’ll try to win every single game we have left,” concluded the winger.

While Asensio will likely need some minutes off the bench until he regains confidence and momentum, it’s likely that he ends the season as Madrid’s starter on the right wing.