Internacional attacking midfielder Valdívia says he cried after knee surgery, but hopes to play Olympics this year
Internacional are in the United States for their pre-season, while 21-year-old attacking midfielder Valdívia is in Porto Alegre continuing his recovery.
Valdívia ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee in November while playing for Brazil's Olympic national team, and is under treatment in Porto Alegre. The progress has been good, so that the return to the pitch may happen ahead of schedule. The initial calculation pointed towards a return to training only in mid-May, but the recovery of the player, following physiotherapy periods, is progressing well and it's believed that he can start training again in April. He said: "I cried after surgery. I woke up from anaesthesia and didn't even know where I was. I cried, I was sad. But I'm a very cheerful guy."
"Olympics? Yes, we have the Olympics as well. If I can return well, score goals and draw attention, I'm sure I can go. You have to return well and on time. Work hard and get confidence in the knee again. There's no use coming back earlier."
"I lost about four kilograms of mass. But I'm recovering little by little. For a month, I did almost nothing."