19-year old goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has been gathering praise for his outstanding displays for Valladolid this season, and after making 24 starts in the 2007/08 campaign, he has now established himself as one of the most talented stoppers in the division.
So much so, in fact that the likes of Barcelona and Valencia have been linked with big-money moves for the Palencia-born star.
However his meteoric rise was stalled towards the end of 2008 after sustaining a knee injury that has kept him out of action since the match versus Mallorca on November 30.
Reserve goalkeeper Justo Villar has taken his place for the last nine matches and did reasonably well, but it will be a boost for coach Jose Luis Mendilibar to see his prize asset edging closer to a return.
Marca comments that Asenjo trained on the turf at the Jose Zorilla stadium yesterday afternoon, undertaking light jumping and catching exercises as he looks to ease himself back to fitness.
He also performed some work in the gym to strengthen the area around his injured knee, but although he is on the road to recovery, Asenjo will not be able to return to training with the first team squad just yet.
Valladolid travel to Almeria this afternoon in round 23 of the Primera Division season.
Paul Macdonald Goal.com