Sunday April 28 2013
Zanetti will be back

Javier Zanetti has suffered the first truly serious injury of his career, but Susy Campanale is confident this isn’t the last of the Inter legend.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I regularly exclaim ‘CLONE ZANETTI’ during Inter matches. I sometimes write it even when the Nerazzurri aren’t playing. I’ve never really had the opportunity to say that when Inter were on the field without their captain, because that just doesn’t happen. He was so rarely suspended, rested or injured that the idea of Inter without Javier Zanetti seems alien. We’re going to have to get used to it now, but hopefully not for long.

‘Pupi’ is one of those players who transcends club colours. He is absolutely the symbol of Inter, yet Milanisti, Juventini and absolutely everyone else adore him. Zanetti personifies fair play, hard work and everything that is good about the sport. Even at the age of 39, when older than Coach Andrea Stramaccioni, the man you always see tracking back to defend or pushing forward to put in a cross is Zanetti. If someone makes a mistake, he’s the one who will step in to plug the hole, regardless of what area of the pitch it’s on. When Inter-Tottenham went to extra time in the Europa League this season, there were 21 exhausted players keeling over for a moment’s respite, plus one who was hopping around doing warm-up exercises, looking fresh as a daisy. Guess who?

A torn Achilles tendon is a devastating injury and usually keeps players out of action for around eight months. For anyone else about to turn 40 in August, this would be the end of a glorious career. However, this is Zanetti. He is the original Bionic Man. He’ll outrun us all and eventually leave his body to medical science so doctors can discover what makes him the next phase of human evolution. Inter should’ve listened to me. If they’d cloned him, we’d have a spare by now.

Not only do I believe Zanetti will be back – I am sure he’ll use this time off to earn a coaching certificate, become Italy’s next Prime Minister and solve world hunger. At least one of those, anyway.

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Have your say...
Get well soon Javier best of wishes.
on the 22nd July, 2013 at 6:40pm
Susy, at least for 90 minutes every week he solves your bucket list. When I see him play I don't think about coaches, prime ministers, etc. and I completely forget that I'm hungry :)
A towering mass of muscle that still has the agility of a cat, the strength of a lion and the brain of a fox ... absolutely amazing!
This is a very serious injury but if someone is capable of beating the odds it has to be Javier.

Get well soon, the game is not the same without you.

God bless
on the 30th April, 2013 at 7:26pm
The outpouring of well wishes from Juve and Milan fans shows how much respect this man deserves. Zanetti is one of the last 4 pillars of Italian Football (Del Piero, Maldini, Totti and Zanetti). As a Juve fan I wish you were a part of our history but regardless we are blessed to have had you as a formidable opponent in every sense of the word.

Get well soon!
on the 30th April, 2013 at 9:33am
FORZA ZANETTI! God bless you, get well soon!

from a Juventini.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 6:17pm
Get well soon Captain. God bless.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 10:49am
A true champion that never gives up, a classy player and a great person. I wish him a quick recovery and a few more years at Inter as he is the only one at Inter truly playing with his heart and leaves everything on the field!

Forza Zanetti.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 10:35am
I pray for your quick recovery every night Il Capitano!
Seeing you injured is like seeing Superman getting hurt!
Forza Zanetti!!!
on the 29th April, 2013 at 10:20am
I hope he gets well soon.

From a lifelong Juve fan.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 9:36am
i Just don't want to see an Inter without you iL Capitano .
on the 29th April, 2013 at 9:21am
Very sad for the man. He is the one person at Inter who has kept his class over the years while the other's around him were losing theirs.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 9:01am
And this cursed season continue to be a hall disaster .......... i hope it ends now to avoid any other black days .......
on the 29th April, 2013 at 8:59am
Zanetti is one of the true greats of football today, even at his age - he still delivers more quality and quantity on the pitch than people half his age. I am not an Inter fan, but Zanetti is the only reason I envy Inter. Hope he gets well soon, he is one of the few footballers around today with morals.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 8:48am
I am not fond of the club that he plays for, but it's impossible not to like and admire Javier Zanetti.
I hope that he can return from this. His Catholic faith and exemplary lifestyle will no doubt increase his chances.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 8:17am
Javier Zannetti will be back sooner rather than later, he is a winner and we are all waiting for his comeback. We will surely miss our captain cos he’s irreplaceable, he’s a living legend in football history. Get well soon bruv, my deepest thoughts are with you during this difficult and challenging moment. FORZA ZANNETI!!!
on the 29th April, 2013 at 8:13am
Our captain
Our hero
Our legend

on the 29th April, 2013 at 7:55am
My idol will be back. forza CAPITANO
on the 29th April, 2013 at 6:14am
I hope I am wrong but at a certain age once you stop playing for a little longer than a small length of time its harder to commence again at the same standard. Good Luck Zenetti and hope to see you with an Inter Shirt on again. Still want to see you losing but playing a welll as always. You deserve at least a retirement match
on the 29th April, 2013 at 5:18am
Get well Capt.!!!
on the 29th April, 2013 at 4:17am
We love you Pupi ! <3
on the 29th April, 2013 at 1:56am
I really hope this isn't the end of the great man's career. I can't think of a single other footballer so universally loved and respected (maybe Maldini? but even he had his detractors among his own team's ultras). Get well soon captain!
on the 29th April, 2013 at 1:53am
Terrible to see a guy like this go down like that. There aren't many players you can look up to a respect these days but Zanetti was one. Hopefully he'll be back.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 1:29am
Wow... just our luck this year with injuries or maybe lack of skill in medical department... We have a opportunity to build a good team now again! Dr Moratti please make the right decissions.
on the 29th April, 2013 at 12:17am
Me(Juve fan) and my father (Genoa born, Samp lover) have had several lengthy conversations about our admiration for Zanetti over the years. Even though he is well thought of, he might even be the most underrated footballer in history. Hopefully we all get to see him make 60 yard runs and embarass players half his age again very soon
on the 28th April, 2013 at 11:42pm
See you for the Xmas games, Javier! A true great.
on the 28th April, 2013 at 11:09pm
zanetti just has to be the man. I love u bros! From a milanista. What's up with alberto frison?
on the 28th April, 2013 at 10:24pm
Get well legend
on the 28th April, 2013 at 8:52pm
Without a doubt the Greatest Captain ever and that's coming from a Roma fan, hope this is not the end for him as he deserves a guard of honour in his final game.
on the 28th April, 2013 at 8:45pm
I am 40. I ruptured my achilles in Sept 2012. I have just played 4 games in 12 days. The legend that is Javier will have access to the best surgical techniques and rehab. If you know him I highly recommend a scar tissue technique called the Graston Technique. This was instrumental in returning to football in 7 and a 1/4 months. Take care, Jon White.
on the 28th April, 2013 at 8:01pm
ll'Capitano get well asap ! we Interisti hold you close to our hearts - see you when you return next season - you are the living Inter Legend ! --
on the 28th April, 2013 at 7:51pm
He may not be as strong as he was years back but for someone his age to get their first serious injury is astonishing. A true captain, even if he does retire
on the 28th April, 2013 at 7:48pm

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