In an interview with Ouest France, Rennes head coach Bruno Genesio, indicated that midfielder Baptiste Santamaria is ahead of schedule with the rehabilitation of his injured ankle, “Baptiste is ahead of what was planned at the start. We will see how his ankle reacts.”
Baptiste Santamaria tore ligaments in his right ankle in a match against Auxerre in September. The player was operated on a few days later in Bordeaux. At the time, the recovery was estimated to be between four and five months, a return at best in mid-January, at worst in mid-February.
It was reported that the player is already walking without crutches and doing individual workouts in adherence to his rehabilitation plan. Luckily for the team, the midfield is one of their deepest positions. Regardless, Rennes will certainly benefit from his return.
Santamaria is a true central midfielder who is a key player in Rennes’ 4-4-2 system. The 27-year-old is a truly skillful complete midfielder who fits Genesio’s system perfectly with efficient passing, high work-rate and defencive contribution. Rennes have been one of the most exciting teams in Ligue 1 this season. With their depth, and the hopeful early return of Santamaria, they will look to finish the season in top form.
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