Liverpool midfielder Emre Can returned ahead of schedule to star in a 3-0 win on Thursday night to take the Reds into the Europa League final.
Can was injured three weeks ago and ruled out for the rest of the season but came back on Thursday more than two weeks early.
To top it all off, the German was at the top of his game and helped the Reds stun Villarreal to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.
So, how did he do it?
“A lot of work! In three weeks, I didn’t have one day off,” the midfielder said after the win at Anfield. “Every day I spent seven to eight hours at Melwood to get fit for this game and I’m so happy that I could play in it.”
It wasn’t until Thursday that Can learned that hard work had all paid off and he would be involved against Villarreal.
The 22-year-old didn’t pass up the opportunity.
“I found out [I was playing] on game day. I didn’t know beforehand. The manager spoke with me, and he asked me if I felt fit and I said: ‘Yeah, I’m fit and I can play.’
“The injury was not too long. I was out for three weeks, but before that, I played like 45 games or something like that. I’m fit and I have no pain.”
It’s a great boost for Liverpool who will hope to secure a place in Europe via the Premier League regardless of how the Europa League final turns out.by