FC Barcelona defenseman Jordi Alba says he sees the light at the end of the tunnel after missing two months with a pair of leg injuries.
"I haven't been doing well at all because I'd never been injured before in my life. I was used to playing lots of matches and it's something tough to accept. But now I see the light and I hope there are no more injuries," he said Monday during a promotional event for his sponsor, Spanish insurance company Regal.
Alba sustained a right hamstring injury in a Spanish-league game on Sept. 15 against Sevilla that forced him out of action for three weeks.
Just days before the Spaniard was scheduled to return, he suffered a muscle injury in the back of his left thigh during training and was ruled out for a month and a half.
"This injury is more complicated because it's in the muscle I use for kicking and passing, but I'm feeling very well and I'm much better," Alba said, adding that he expects to back training at the same pace as his Barça teammates in "a week and a half or two."
He said he was not concerned about Brazil's Adriano having taken over the starting left-back spot during his absence.
"When I came to Barcelona last year, no one guaranteed me I'd be the starter and it's the same now. Adriano is doing a very good job and also (Martin) Montoya when he's played, but I'm here to help the team and, like always, the coach will decide," Alba said. EFE