Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has praised Aston Villa loanee Welsey for getting back to fitness following his horrific knee injury, which he sustained almost 21 months ago.
The Brazilian striker damaged his ACL under a tackle from Burnley defender Ben Mee in Villa’s 2-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League on New Year’s Day 2020.
After making several appearances for Dean Smith’s side last season upon returning to a reasonable level of fitness, Wesley was allowed to leave on loan in the summer as he wasn’t guaranteed regular Premier League minutes following the club’s £30million capture of Danny Ings.
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Wesley, now currently on loan at the club he left to join Villa in August 2019, is looking to get his career back on track at Brugge after making his ‘second’ debut at the weekend in a 1-0 win against Charleroi in a Jupiler Pro League clash.
Wesley clocked up 56 minutes in his first game for the Belgian champions and his team-mate Mignolet is of the view that the fact he had the fitness to last that long means he has done his job off the pitch.
The Blauw-Zwart shot-stopper believes Wesley can add a lot to the Brugge this season as they look to defend their top flight title and go far in the Champions League.
“He is a type [of player] that can keep up with the ball and that we can certainly use”, Mignolet told Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.
“The fact that he lasted so long [on the pitch] means that he has done his job off the pitch.
“Kudos to him.”
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