Verón’s sensational playing return for Estudiantes all but confirmed for January

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Juan Sebastián Verón’s iconic status with Estudiantes is already secured but the 41-year-old club president appears to staying true to his word and coming out of retirement to pull on the red and white stripes again in January.

The former Argentina international hung up his boots two years ago after returning from Europe to help the club to a Copa Libertadores title in 2009, and since his retirement was elected club president.

However, with El Pincha back in the continent’s biggest cup competition for 2017, Verón had promised to dust off the boots if 65% of tickets for the new stadium, which is expected to be completed next year, were sold.

Already back in training and playing semi-professional football, talk of Verón’s return has intensified in recent weeks and coach Nelson Vivas even discussed his potential role in the side.

“I see him playing behind the forward in our 4-2-3-1, dropping back to the midfield line and lending his experience.

“Due to his personality he will always give a lot more than what we ask of him.”

And if there was still any doubt of whether La Brujita would create a new chapter in his Estudiantes career, midfielder Israel Damonte told reporters this week, “He told us he wants to return, that from January he will return as a player.”

Speaking with La Oral Deportiva, Damonte confirmed, “He [Verón] will play from January in the league and the Copa [Libertadores in 2017]. He will be our teammate.”

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