Depor's Valeron returns to fitness after two years

January 22, 2008

MADRID, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Deportivo Coruna midfielder Juan Carlos Valeron has been given the all-clear to play again after being sidelined for two years because of a series of serious knee injuries, the Primera Liga side said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 46 times for Spain, first underwent surgery after tearing the cruciate ligament in his left knee in Jan. 2006.

He returned to action six months later only to tear the ligament again while playing in a pre-season friendly.

After a second operation he was given the green light to play again in Jan. 2007 but continued to feel pain in his knee and went under the knife for a third time in March last year in an attempt to save his career.

His club Deportivo have struggled this season and are in 19th place in the 20-team Primera Liga, five points behind Real Murcia.