The young forward scored on his return for Real Madrid and was thrilled to have put his injury woes behind him, while Carlo Ancelotti called for tempered expectations with him
Jese Rodriguez expressed his jubilation at ending “months of suffering” after scoring on his comeback from injury in Real Madrid’s 5-0 thrashing of Cornella on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old broke into Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team last season during the Blancos’ brilliant run of form during the winter, shining especially bright in the Copa del Rey, helping them to reach the competition’s final.
However, he required knee surgery in March and had been out of action until Tuesday’s return in the competition in which he rose to prominence, coming on as a substitute at the Santiago Bernabeu and scoring the fifth and final goal of their 9-1 aggregate rout.
Jese accepted he is still nowhere near full match fitness but was delighted to be back on the pitch and among the goals for the club he has been with since 2007.
“I’m so happy after months of suffering,” the Spanish forward told Gol T. “The team helped me so much and so did the president and Real Madrid fans.
“You suffer so much when you are out for so long. It’s been a tough injury and I’m not at my best yet. I missed playing with this team during my months out.”
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti speculated that expecting Jese to be scoring week-in, week-out once again would be foolish considering the Spain international has been out for the majority of 2014.
“Jese has been out for months and he will be improving step by step,” he added. “We need to give him time. It’s not easy to recover from such an injury.”
Real Madrid extended their club-record-breaking win streak to 17 with the triumph at home to Cornella and win look to extend it further on Saturday at home to Celta.