Civelli: Saturday Was a Special Moment Tuesday, 8th Feb 2011 11:28
Returning midfielder Luciano Civelli says Saturday’s brief substitute appearance during the Blues’ 3-0 home victory over Sheffield United was a special moment for him. The Argentinian was back in action for the senior side for the first time in 23 months after suffering a multi-ligament knee injury in March 2009.
Civelli told the club site: "It was a special moment for me to get some minutes back on the pitch with the first team. I think the gaffer was waiting for a chance like against Sheffield to play me and I'm grateful for the opportunity.
"I have been in the squad and training with the first team since the gaffer has been here and now the next step for me is to get into the team.
"I've been fit since September but did not have a place under the old gaffer and his staff. This is a new opportunity for me and it's a good feeling to be involved again."
Civelli says he wasn't sure why he was training with the reserves group under Roy Keane's management: “I was training with the reserves and nobody explained why, nobody told me the reasons.
“It is what professional players want to do to be involved with the first team and it is not just me that it happened to.
“The new manager appreciates me and it’s made such a big difference to me and the squad I think, and I don’t see it as a coincidence that we have won our last three games.
“We all want to play, and we appreciate that it is not possible. But now we know that we have a chance. It has been a positive change to the club and I am happy to come into work.
“My head has always been strong and now I want to play more minutes. Mr Williams, the surgeon in London, did a very good job and so have all the medical staff.”
The 24-year-old, who is contracted until 2012, paid tribute to the backing he has received from Town’s fans, Portman Road giving the former Banfield man a huge ovation when he took to the field in the 89th minute on Saturday: "I would like to thank the crowd. They have supported me since I have been at the club, when I was injured and now when I am back playing again. It is good for me to have that support."
Keane had Luca frozen out of the first team. Its no wonder he diddnt have the confidence. Keane was always questioning his mentality. It sounds as if he diddnt even train with the seniors until PJ arrived. Is that true?
I think the full horror of the Keane era is still unfolding with the various comments and events over the past month. Civelli's return is yet another step in banashing the stain he left on our Club. Well done Luca and well done PJ.
I too am Delighted for Luca. He is a player that really excites me and every week under keane I would chart his progress, only to discover that he was not in the first team picture. He is now though. WELCOME BACK LUCA!!!
I, like Bergholt Blue didn't think he would play for us again but I am so pleased for him and it would be a real bonus if he can kick on and make a real impact. Still worry about that first crunching tackle as no doubt he does. Good luck to him I say - he deserves it.
The 'others' you refer to probably actually READ the article...i.e. when Civelli said: "I've been FIT SINCE SEPTEMBER but did not have a place under the old gaffer and his staff. This is a new opportunity for me and it's a good feeling to be involved again." Just a hunch.
[As Edmund Blackadder said: 'Reading is SOOO important, Baldrick']
I also posted on here that civelli would not play regular football again Bergholtblue which goes to show how well he has done. I did however post on Keano's appointment as manager that he was just a thug who would never succed in football management. I was disturbed by the report on his departure from Sunderland that ALL the players celebrated his sacking. It is now becoming apparent how right I was on that one! I like many of you feel a genuine optomism with PJ,s arrival and wonder where we would of been now had he of been appointed instead of RK in the first place?
In short. Roy Keane...is without a doubt an abysmal manager. Always said we had a good squad, OK there definitely grumbles about martin, priskin and healy on my part and i will always grumble about Priskin until he stops straying offiside and getting pushed off the ball so easily but what a difference a decent man manager has made to these 3.