Martin Caceres has expressed his burning desire to return to the first team fold after recently resuming full training following knee surgery.
The defender, speaking to Cristina Chiabotto on JTV’s Filo Diretto, revealed his delight at rejoining his team-mates on the training ground in Vinovo before praising the way they have performed during the opening weeks of the 2013/14 campaign.
Caceres began: “I’ve been sidelined for 40 days due to the meniscus surgery. Now I’m finally back in training alongside my team-mates. I’m happy and have got plenty of desire to return to action. However, the team have done extremely well in my absence, starting the season well and playing an excellent brand of football.”
The Uruguayan’s spell on the treatment table has also kept him out of contention for the national side, who will hope to reignite their hopes of featuring in next summer’s World Cup when they take on Jordan in November’s first-leg playoff encounter.
But Caceres maintains his sights are firmly fixed on his club duties in Turin for the time being, starting with Sunday afternoon’s trip to face widely-tipped Scudetto contenders Fiorentina.
“We’ve got a double header against Jordan ahead of us, a playoff that we want to win. But now I just need to think about Juventus and our important games such as the upcoming meeting with Real, even though we’re only currently interested in Sunday’s clash against Fiorentina.
“We’ll travel to Florence with the usual ruthless approach and desire to win. We need to do well because we want to win another Scudetto and we know there are many strong sides ready to fight all the way. These include Roma and Napoli who meet tonight, let’s hope that one ends in a draw.”
The versatile 26-year-old, now enjoying his second spell in Turin after initially joining the club on loan from Barcelona in 2009, believes plenty has changed since he first pulled on the black and white stripes over four years ago.
And, with his family fully settled into Piedmont life, he is looking forward to achieving further success under Antonio Conte’s management.
“The second spell is proving to be different from the first, mainly due to the victories that we’ve managed to achieve in these past two years. But it’s also down to presence of Antonio Conte on the bench. He’s done a truly great job and there’s plenty to learn from him on a daily basis. My family feel at home in Turin and I hope to stay here and enjoy further success for many more years to come.”