Marco Asensio spoke to Real Madrid TV after training to discuss his return from a lengthy injury lay-off and what he expects from the return to action. The Spaniard has been training normally since the squad returned and says his knee has been responding well to the every-day efforts. The 24-year-old suffered a crucial ligament injury last year in pre-season against Arsenal, which ruled him out for over 9 months.
The current enforced break from football due to the COVID-19 pandemic came at the perfect time, allowing Asensio to take a bit more time and come back to full fitness before the season resumes.
“I feel very good. The first week was different as I was back training and with my teammates. My adaptation has been great, my knee is responding well and I feel very good physically. It’s been a very long wait. I’ve worked a lot and above all I’ve been very patient, because to see your teammates training every day and me being in the physiotherapy room was very hard for me. I’m now back on the pitch with my teammates and that’s what’s important. It was worth the wait.
“We’ve been out on the pitch together for quite some time and now we’re getting back to those attack and defense situations. We can train with more people now and the intensity has gone up quite a bit. As we get closer to the competition we’ll be preparing everything better. We came here with a good physical level and we were looking forward to working together. We’ve worked well at home and it’s showing on the pitch.
“We’re really looking forward to the start of the league and to those matches that decide a title. We know they are life and death matches. We have to give everything in every match and we are going to try to win everything in front of us.”