Sep 10 2012 By Yann Tear
ALEJANDRO Faurlin admits the international break has come at just the right time for him – because he already needs to get his breath back.
The Argentinian was really surprised to be asked to play at Man City last weekend – his second game in a week after seven and a half months out with a knee injury.
He played for 90 minutes against Walsall in the League Cup, and 72 minutes at the Etihad Stadium before being replaced by another long-term absentee Kieron Dyer.
But now, he says, he will be content just to work on his fitness in training for the next couple of weeks.
“It's been difficult playing two games in one week,” he told the Chronicle on his return from the cruciate ligament injury suffered in an FA Cup tie at MK Dons on January 7.
“This was a big test for me. It wasn't easy after being out for seven and a half months, to come to Man City. This will help me get stronger quicker – mentally as well.
“Obviously in the second half, I started to get tired and it was lights off. I didn’t expect to play in this game, to be honest, but the gaffer wanted me to play and you have to be ready, always.”
The midfielder added: “I don’t feel as sharp as before, of course. I don’t yet have the tempo I had last year, but I have to be a little patient.
“I know I’m not quite there yet, but I’m maybe 70-75 per cent off my best fitness and full of confidence that I’m not far away now. The knee’s been really good in the last 10 days, so I have to be happy with this.
“Probably this break will help to carry on with the improvements and put more strength in my knee.”