Milan defender Ignazio Abate has conceded his surprise at returning from injury so quickly.
The 26-year-old was laid low all preseason thanks to a dislocated shoulder, but the full-back has claimed that he is excited to be back and can’t wait for the season to start properly.
“I did not expect to come back feeling so well,” he told Milan Channel. “I did not think I’d be back so quickly.
“The Coach has really given me a lot of confidence.
“Against Verona we are expecting a great game. We are an amazing group who are united and have trained well.”
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