Zinedine and Asensio

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is thrilled seeing winger Marco Asensio returning from a lengthy layoff to score in Madrid’s win against Valencia on Thursday night.

Asensio has been out for 11 months for cruciate knee ligament but shakes off to return to full fitness and boss Zidane was happy he scored on his return.

“It means a lot, above all for him,” Zidane said in his postmatch news conference. “We’re happy to have Marco back on the pitch, but above all we’re happy for him after 11 months out. To see him score a great goal with his first touch. He was really happy just to get on. He has the quality to do this kind of thing.”

The winger ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments in July 2019 during an International Champions Cup game with Arsenal in Landover, Maryland.

“I was really looking forward to coming back,” Asensio said. “I felt a lot of emotion and satisfaction. There’s a lot of hard work behind this. The most important thing is I feel good and we won, and I’m back for the rest of the season”.

The 24-year old Spanish winger was one of the two goalscorers alongside French forward Karim Benzema who had a brace as Madrid defeated Valencia 3-0.

The Los Blancos are now two wins out of two since LaLiga returned and are two points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

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