Javier Zanetti confessed to “great emotion” at making his comeback six months after a potentially career-ending injury.
The Inter captain was a substitute in the 2-0 win over Livorno this evening, his first appearance since rupturing his Achilles tendon on April 28.
“I feel great emotion, as at the age of 40 after six months out it wasn’t easy,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“Right from the day of the operation, I always said I wanted at least one more game in front of my fans. I could ask for nothing more.
“I have to thank the immense crowd, the President, all those who stayed close to me from the medics to my teammates and everyone who wanted me to come back on to the pitch.
“I’m glad my comeback coincided with an important victory for us.”
Not only was this Zanetti’s return, but it was also probably the final home game with Massimo Moratti as majority shareholder.
“Our bond goes beyond that of President and captain. The President deserves this applause and more for all he’s done for Inter.
“We need to get back into the race for something important. The table will tell us where we end up, but with this spirit we can go far.”
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