Tuesday February 26 2013
De Jong targets Wembley

Nigel De Jong admits he’d love to “return for the Champions League Final” with Milan after undergoing surgery.

The former Manchester City midfielder saw his season come to a close back in December when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

“I am very happy, even if I have been out for nearly three months and there are still a couple to go, but there is progress and I am already walking again,” he told Milan Channel.

“I need to get my muscles back in shape and that could take some time, but I am working hard to return to my previous levels.

“I am psychologically doing alright, as every time I come to the Milanello training camp, I think that I will return for the start of next season, hopefully even for the Champions League Final.

“We’ll see if I manage it, although I honestly doubt I will be back on the field again this season.”

De Jong remains philosophical on the serious injury that blighted his debut Serie A campaign.

“Everything happens for a reason. This is life. I must be concentrated on next season. The team is doing well, as we beat Barcelona and have such a young side.

“It’s a shame we didn’t manage to beat Inter, as we could’ve had three points. We are disappointed to only get a draw, as we knew that we were stronger than Inter.”

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