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Since 2017 Soriano played first match on Monday

On Monday Bruno Soriano returned to action since May 2017, the 36-year-old had not played a game for boyhood club Villarreal.

Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano revealed he considered retirement after making an emotional comeback, after more than three years on the sidelines.

Two operations and a lengthy recovery left the 36-year-old out of action for three years.

After 1,128 days without football, Soriano finally returned to Sevilla on Monday’s 2-2 LaLiga draw at home.

In the 88th minute, Soriano came off the bench at El Madrigal, where he got a huge ovation from his team-mates, coaching staff, and the president in the locker room.

“I don’t know what to say,” a tearful Soriano told Movistar post-match. “It’s been so long since I played that I almost don’t know what to say.”

“I’m very happy, of course. I had tried to return many times and it wasn’t possible. It’s a massive joy for me and for all the people at the club and for my family.”

Asked if he had ever considered retirement, Soriano replied: “There were some tough times where I thought that maybe the best thing was to stop because there had been many disappointments in a row. But now I’m going to try to help the team.”

Soriano has spent all of his careers with Villarreal, after making his debut in 2006, – the Spanish midfielder holding the record with 418 for most appearances in club history.

“That’s best of all,” said head coach Javi Calleja. “Having him back and helping the team is very important for us.”

“He’s an example of fighting back, we’re all very happy for his return and we hope to be able to count on him for the rest of the games.”

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