David Villa against Dinamo / PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz - FCB
‘El Guaje’ made his eagerly-anticipated return to the football pitch. Tito Vilanova subbed off Sergi Roberto and sent the forward in on 73 minutes. The striker enjoyed a little over 15 minutes of playing time after being sidelined for nearly eight months due to injury.
After the match, the Azulgrana manager stated that “I spoke with the doctors and the physios and Villa was ready to play for at least 15 minutes. It’s very important for us to recover players, especially if they’re well-loved like Villa.”
Furthermore, the manager highlighted Villa’s role as vital to Barça’s strategy on the pitch. “Last year we missed him because he’s a player that guarantees goals. He’s very necessary,” said Vilanova.
Eight months of work to get to this point
David Villa fractured the tibia in his left leg in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup, which was played in Japan in December. El Guaje missed the second part of the season as well as the Euro.
The first bit of good news for the forward came on July 31st, when he was given the medical green light to play. Since then, he’s increased his work rate in order to be match fit and this Saturday against Dinamo Bucharest he made his return to competitive football. Therefore, Tito Vilanova will be able to count on the Azulgrana goalscorer for the 2012/2013 season.