One of the good news from Atlético de Madrid’s friendly match against Numancia was the return of Santiago Arias to the pitch. The Colombian side was present and entered the second half in the 15th minute to replace the injured Fran González.
The Antioquia soccer player had a delicate injury nine months and 13 days ago, in a match of the Colombian National Team against Venezuela in the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, which made him miss the entire 2020 season.
The Colombian player had just arrived at Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been loaned by the Colchonero team, and only He got to play a game due to the fracture he suffered in the fibula with damage to the ankle. Arias played 90 minutes against Stuttgart on date 3 of the Bundesliga.
For this reason, the side was operated on and could not be used by the German team throughout the campaign. This situation reversed the plans that the club had for a possible purchase of its sports rights. In its transfer operation a purchase clause for ten million euros had been included that the German team did not execute.
In this way, Santiago Arias returned to Atlético de Madrid and showed, in one of the first games of the preseason, that He is already recovered from his injury and ready to fight for a place in the Spanish team.
The Colombian played against Numancia for 30 minutes. The compromise ended tied 1-1 and had to be defined from the penalty spot. The coffee soccer player was one of those in charge of executing one of the charges and he did it correctly. In the end, those led by Diego Simeone took the game after Numancia missed a penalty more than the colchoneros.