Experienced Denis Popović plays first game after surgery: less than half an hour was enough to score and pass
Photo: Danilo Vezjak
“I’ll come back even stronger“, is often the promise athletes make when they are injured. Denis Popović did just that. Captain of Celje played his first game after abdominal surgery and recorded both a goal and an assist in just 25 minutes.
The 34-year-old midfield player decided at the end of the summer, when Celje was relegated from Europe, that he had had enough of playing in pain. He went under the knife and received a prognosis from the doctors that he would return in about four weeks. Denis Popović needed a little more time to fully recover, but now he is back and the veteran immediately showed what he can do and what he can do.
“Denis Popovic is extremely important. Just because of the kind of person he is and what he means to the whole team and the club. He gives us all extra confidence and calmness, and of course the quality of an experienced footballer. I’m glad that when the team needs extra energy, he binds it even closer together and makes it stronger,” after the match with Domžale
which the Celje players beat 3:1, Popović’s return was welcomed by Celje coach Damir Krznar.
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