Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri is almost fit and ready to play. Many things have changed in the past six months but the Brazilian is confident in the future.
His last appearance on the field was on May 28th, 2017. That day will be remembered as a pivotal date for the Roma history, Francesco Totti retired from football at the Olimpico Stadium.
Emerson Palmieri remembers that afternoon very well. Mixed feelings characterized that day. The Brazilian picked up a serious knee injury. Since then, he is working hard to return to the field.
Totti’s words still resound in his mind. “You’re young. A great future is ahead of you! – said the Roma legend.”
Emerson Palmieri released an interview and explained his current feelings and physical situation.
“The moment when Totti consoled me and what he said is still in my mind. I will keep it in my heart. It’s one of those things I can tell my sons and grandchildren. The injury was the most difficult time of my career, after the match with the Porto.”
Emerson also spoke about his role, Spalletti, and Di Francesco.
“I can play on the right flank too. I’ve played there against Palermo, Empoli, and Milan. I would be in trouble playing as a winger because I like to have the entire side available to express my qualities.
Spalletti was important for me. He trusted me when everybody lost hope. Today I am here because of him. Di Francesco is close to me. He is giving me the right support and suggestions.
I need to fully recover before I can play. I feel that I am performing at 50 while others are at 1000. I am also a bit frightened to tackle the opponent.”