Banega rues lengthy Valencia lay-off

The Argentine centre-mid has admitted it has been difficult for him being unable to play football but concedes it has made him more mature as a person
Valencia midfielder Ever Banega revealed that the hardest thing about breaking his leg was not the fact he would miss Los Che's Champions League quest for glory but the eight months out on the sidelines not being able to kick a ball.

The Argentine midfielder injured himself in a freak accident after leaving the handbrake off his car at a petrol station which led to the vehicle rolling back and crushing his left leg back in February.

At the time the 24-year-old was part of the Costa Blanca side gunning for his success in Europe before the injury blow, and although he missed out on the rest of the European campaign, it was the months away on the sidelines which frustrated him the most.

"The worst thing was not the time of injury, but the length - no time passed," the ex-Boca Juniors man told El Pais.

Physical therapists and trainers weren't sure if they could [help me]. Broken bones can only be healed with time."

Banega takes in one benefit from his lengthy spell out saying: "Before I had not valued where I was, but now I do.  Suffering makes you more mature."

Head coach Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his delight with the return of the Argentine and the new possibility for him to work in the midfield with his countrymen, Fernando Gago and Tino Costa.

Valencia will travel to Minsk to face BATE Borisov on Tuesday in the Champions League and Banega, who came on as a substitute against Athletic Bilbao in Los Che's 3-2 victory on Saturday, is in contention for a start against the Belarusians.