Pepê has recovered without problems and provides protection to FC Porto-Santa Clara

The resumption of the face-to-face operation is going well and the stoppage of national team matches allows the Brazilian to play with Santa Clara without any protection

When FC Porto resumes work this morning (10:30 a.m.), the constraints that marked the first training sessions of the week for Pepê should completely disappear.

According to information collected by O JOGO, the Brazilian’s convalescence after the surgery he underwent on the 21st, to correct a fracture of the zygomatic arch, is rolling on wheels, to the point of doing without wearing a mask during the Monday meeting. , with Santa Clara.

The hiatus in club competitions, prompted by national team commitments, gave the winger the time needed to heal the intervened area, unlike what happened with Pepe in 2020. At the time, the central defender had only six days between the date of the injury and the match against Benfica, for the Super Cup, so he was forced to wear protections.

Replaced in the 25th minute of the derby with Boavista, after a clash with Jackson Poroso, Pepê will have the opportunity to resume competition without any obstacle other than the opponent.

When he was forced to go to the operating theater at the Casa de Saúde da Boavista, the winger was having the best time since arriving at Dragão. He had scored against Lyon, in the second leg of the Europa League round of 16, and he established himself as a versatile element for Sérgio Conceição, who alternated between the right and the left of the attack, but here and there he also asked him to play the roles of right-back, especially when the result was not favorable.

“He has evolved in a very positive way. He still has a long way to go, but we see a Pepê more and more familiar with European football. And that makes me very happy,” Conceição said on March 12, before the match with Tondela.

Although he claimed prominence on some occasions until January, such as when he scored against Benfica for the Championship, Pepê’s rise coincided with Luis Díaz leaving for Liverpool. In the first meeting, with Marítimo, he scored a decisive goal for the Dragons to win (2-1) and gained confidence, ending up repeating the action twice until he suffered a broken leg. zygomatic arch.

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