Sunday April 28 2013
Zanetti: 'I will overcome'

Javier Zanetti insists he won’t retire after snapping his Achilles tendon. “It hurt so much, but I will overcome this too.”

The Inter captain pulled up after an innocuous challenge with Salvatore Aronica in today’s 1-0 defeat to Palermo.

“At a certain point I felt a pull and it hurt so much. It still does,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“I will overcome this too.”

The initial diagnosis is a lesion to the Achilles tendon, but tests will show how long he’ll be out for. An injury of this type can keep a player sidelined for eight months.

Considering Zanetti turns 40 in August, there are fears this could mark the end of his career.

He had been wearing the captain’s armband that he shared with Pope Francis in a private meeting earlier this week. It had stitched on it the flags of Inter, Argentina, Italy and the Vatican City.

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