Thursday January 13 2011
Buffon thanks Bianconeri fans

Gianluigi Buffon thanked “the fans from the bottom of my heart” on his Juventus comeback after seven months.

The goalkeeper had been out of action with a back injury since the World Cup game with Paraguay on June 14 and last played for the Bianconeri on May 15.

“It was a very nice feeling to be back!” he grinned after the 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Catania.

“For someone who has won the World Cup and played in the Champions League Final, you might think a Coppa Italia game wouldn't mean much, but I am really satisfied with this positive performance.”

Buffon only really had one difficult save to make in the final minutes on a deflected Simone Pesce strike.

“If I hadn't got that one, I would've retired on the spot,” he laughed.

“I have fully recovered now and want to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart. Their affection has been immense.”

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