Alessandro Florenzi celebrated his comeback 10 months after a knee injury. “I am ready to give my contribution” to Roma.
The Giallorossi fan favourite tore his ACL in October 2016 and suffered a relapse just as he was set to return, but did play and score in Friday night’s 4-1 friendly win over Chapecoense.
“I am happy with my return and frankly I’ve had enough rest,” Florenzi told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are working every day to improve my fitness levels. Obviously I am not at 100 per cent yet, otherwise I’d be Superman. I am able to help the squad, so the Coach will decide how and when. Nobody knows more than him and my fitness coach how long I’ve got in my legs. I feel stronger with each day.”
Florenzi is famously versatile, able to play as a right-back, midfielder, winger or attacking member of a trident.
“We haven’t talked about my role, the Coach just told me to get in shape physically first and then we’d see. I am a 3.5, as Luciano Spalletti used to say, and I’ll have to use that description for the rest of my career.
“I am ready to give my contribution in any role he puts me in, the important thing is to have a cohesive group that works in the same direction.
“We mustn’t think about individuals, but only about Roma, as that is how we can make the difference.”
With Francesco Totti’s retirement, Daniele De Rossi is the new captain, but Florenzi revealed he’s been taking that role for a while.
“I spoke to De Rossi before the Chapecoense game and he wished me good luck. He has been closest to me during this period and I thank him for being such a great guy.
“He was the one who called my parents and told them about my injury. He visited me at 4am that night in the hospital. It has not been easy over these 10 months, there was a lot of sadness, but hopefully now I’m on the right track and will stay there.”