Gianluigi Buffon thanked “the fans from the bottom of my heart” on his Juventus comeback after seven months.
The goalkeeper had been out of action with a back injury since the World Cup game with Paraguay on June 14 and last played for the Bianconeri on May 15.
“It was a very nice feeling to be back!” he grinned after the 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Catania.
“For someone who has won the World Cup and played in the Champions League Final, you might think a Coppa Italia game wouldn't mean much, but I am really satisfied with this positive performance.”
Buffon only really had one difficult save to make in the final minutes on a deflected Simone Pesce strike.
“If I hadn't got that one, I would've retired on the spot,” he laughed.
“I have fully recovered now and want to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart. Their affection has been immense.”