STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY played 35 minutes with the Primavera in the 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Saturday.
El Shaarawy hadn’t taken the field since December 11 when, until today as he played for Filippo Inzaghi’s Primavera team and gave them a hand in the 2-1 victory against 7th placed Hellas and are now three points behind Atalanta in 2nd.
Stephan started the game on the bench and he came on in the 61′ minute, replacing Alex Pedone. El Shaarawy was fouled in the box in the 88′ minute but Marco Pinato failed to convert the penalty. El Shaarawy was thrilled to finally return.
“My first training session back with the team was a great feeling and many people have been close to me during these past months, like my family and my two best friends,” said the 21-year-old. “They were tough months, but I’m happy to be back playing. Coach Inzaghi asked me to work hard. Today I felt good. I came on with the right spirit and I’m feeling good.
“My legs felt fine too. I’m giving my all to get back as soon as possible. I’ve always been at Milanello during this period, in the morning and in the afternoon. I want to help my team-mates qualify for Europe and maybe even get in the Italy squad. I still believe in going to the World Cup. I want to wear the Italy shirt again. I thank coach Prandelli for still considering me part of his plans and I want to be in the squad list.” SES was in the 42-man squad list to have fitness tests ahead of the WC.
Andrej Modic scored the first for Milan Primavera in the 23′ minute but Hellas got the equalizer through Alessandro Gatto. Andrea Petagna, who also returned from injury, scored the winner via a penalty kick in the 78′ minute after being fouled.
“The lads played a great match as always. We hit the bar and the post on many occasions and even missed a penalty, but I’m also happy with the spirit from the lads from the First Team. We’ve not got a big match against Udinese to then face Atalanta with everything at stake. We’re now certain of a place in the play-offs,” coach Pippo Inzaghi said. “El Shaarawy did well in my opinion. He should have taken the penalty but the referee didn’t let him. It’s up to us to get him ready for the First Team. I hope to hand him over again to Seedorf as soon as possible. I’ll speak to him and we’ll see how he can be used.”
El Shaarawy is expected to return to first team action against Inter in two weeks or maybe in the match afterwards against Atalanta. It’s clear that the Diavolo don’t want to rush back the forward, who scored 16 Serie A goals last season for them.