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Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:33

Injury cost me summer move - Betis' Nelson

"Three months of struggle" for Portuguese

Portugal international Nelson admits his recent injury problems have cost him a summer transfer, but the Real Betis man insists he is fully focused on getting fit and helping his side in La Liga.

Nelson has spent the summer recovering from a fractured ankle sustained on the final day of last season while playing for Osasuna, where he was on loan from Betis. Having impressed during his stay with the Pamplona club, Nelson was tipped to make a summer move, with clubs from England, Italy and Spain believed to have been interested in the former Benfica man.

However, having only just returned to light training, Nelson’s chances of a big move appear to have been put on hold for the time being. The 28-year-old is expected to return to full training with the rest of the Betis squad within the next two weeks, and says he is focused on helping the newly-promoted Andalucians.

“It has been three months of struggle, which has delayed my prospects with the national team and spoiled some career plans,” Nelson said. “But the period is coming to an end, and I am very motivated to start training as soon as possible and start playing again.

“I am back at Betis and, until told otherwise, this is where I will be for at least this season.

“It was a shame, because in some cases the moves were advanced. The interest was genuine, but my injury delayed everything. Betis are open to selling me, for financial reasons, but I don’t think anything can happen now. I’m concentrating on my recovery, to play at Betis and achieve our ambitions. I think I can be an important player this season.”

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