Darío Cvitanich worked in an individual training session on Wednesday morning during Ajax’s training camp in Turkey. The injured player was active for the first time outside. After the training, the Argentinian player talked about the past year, which he spent in Mexico on a loan out basis.
Cvitanich sustained an injury to his right ankle during the friendly match against HSV last Saturday, and has been training indoors since arriving in Belek. “My ankle was already bothering me in Mexico, but I thought it was better”, says Cvitanich after his individual training. “In the first ten minutes against HSV it was painful, and it kept getting worse. After forty minutes, I could barely walk.”
Four days later, he’s healing well. “Fortunately, it’s getting better”, he says. “I’ve been doing different strength exercises in the gym, lots of physical training, and swimming. Today I could go outside. It feels good to touch the ball again.”
Cvitanich was loaned out to CF Pachuca for the 2010 calendar year. He developed into a goal scorer with the Mexican club, with the final reward being winning the CONCACAF Champions League at the expense of Cruz Azul. “That was an amazing experience”, says the Argentine. “I’ve learned a lot last year with Pachuca and had many experiences, among which winning the Champions League, and playing in the World Cup for club teams in Abu Dhabi. It was great to be a part of that.”
At the World Cup for club teams, Pachuca ended in fifth place thanks to two Cvitanich goals against Al-Wahda. The forward – who came in just before the end – was able to transform a 0-2 deficit into a 2-2 tie. Thanks to penalties, Pachuca disposed of Al-Wahda, 4-2. “Abu Dhabi was amazing”, says Cvitanich. “Not only the tournament, but the place itself was very impressive.”
He returned to Ajax at the beginning of January. “I’m happy to be back in Amsterdam. I missed many things. And it’s nice to continue with practically the same group.” Cvitanich is focussed and ambitious. “I would love to become champion with Ajax. Everyone also expects us to win. It’s difficult, but nothing is impossible.”