Sunday November 20 2011
Pato 'worked on muscles and mind'

Alexandre Pato made an impressive, albeit unlucky, comeback for Milan after two months. “I’ve been working on my muscles and my mind.”

The Brazilian had been out of action since suffering yet another thigh strain at the end of September and was unfortunate not to score in last night’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina, hitting the post.

“I could’ve played sooner, but I trained so hard and I missed the pitch during these two months,” said The Duck.

“It felt great, as I was able to make my usual movements. I was a bit unlucky with the upright, but hopefully the ball will go in easier on Wednesday against Barcelona.”

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said in Friday’s Press conference that he expected more from Pato, who should learn from the Milan veterans.

“In these two months I arrived early in the morning, at 8-8.30, and would do a double training session every day,” explained the striker.

“I will always work hard from here on in to ensure I don’t suffer an injury relapse. I am happy, as I worked on my muscles and my mind, because often recurring injuries can knock you down. I always trained with joy, as I wanted to come back and now I’m happy.”