09.10.2015 16:30 - in: Serie A S

    Asamoah sees light at the end of the tunnel

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    Kwadwo Asamoah is confident his injury nightmares are behind him, saying he can’t wait to get back out on the pitch and help Juventus to continue challenging for major honours

    Kwadwo Asamoah has spoken of his optimism at making a successful injury comeback after spending almost a year away from first-team action due to a knee injury.

    The Ghanaian sampled Serie A football for the first time in 337 days when he came off the bench to rapturous applause in the closing stages of last Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Bologna, and, following a tough time on the sidelines, can now see light at the end of the tunnel. 

    Speaking to reporters in Vinovo, he said: “I’m training every day with the team in order to get back to full fitness. I can tell I’m improving day by day and I’m happy. By remaining on this track I’ll be back to my old self - my career is still a long one and I’ve got many years ahead of me.

    “It’s not easy to be sidelined for such a long time, I’ve been watching games at home or at the stadium with an ever increasing desire to be back out there alongside my team-mates.

    “I’ve had great support from my family, staff and team-mates, who have always been able to find the right words to give me the positivity I’ve required on my road to recovery. Now I’m on my way back and I can’t wait to be out on the pitch again.” 

    Asamoah’s return will provide the reigning champions with a vital midfield option as they seek to push up the table following an indifferent introduction to their Serie A campaign. 

    And the 26-year-old says he is confident he and his team-mates have what it takes to make up ground on the division’s early front-runners, starting with next Sunday’s mouthwatering encounter against Inter at the San Siro.

     “After a difficult start we’re back to winning ways again. Winning is crucial for us. Beginning a season slowly is something that can happen, but we must remain positive and aware that we can always do better.

    There are plenty of teams doing well at the moment, not just Inter. We just need to focus on ourselves and doing well.”

    Time away from the action has given Asamoah the opportunity to study the team’s performances from afar and he says he is particularly impressed with the early contributions of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado.

    According to the Ghanaian, the South American duo, combined with familiar faces Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba, will prove themselves to be increasingly instrumental as the 2015/16 season unfolds.

    “Dybala’s blessed with great technical quality and plenty of promise. He’s also a great lad. Cuadrado possesses creativity and pace, and is a really tricky customer to deal with. Morata makes the difference, while Pogba has an excellent mentality and is getting better with every game.”

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