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David pleased to be back

Just two weeks after suffering a horrific facial injury, David Raya was back in the starting XI for Rovers

13 November 2018

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Two weeks ago David Raya was a little worse for wear after picking up a horrendous facial injury during a collision with West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez.

Fast-forward to the present day, the Spanish stopper has returned to the first team fold having started in the draw agaist Rotherham, and now has a two week break to recover further.

Sporting a look similar to fictional character Zorro, Raya says his mask has been more of a help than a hindrance.

“I’m back now and that’s all that matters. The mask isn’t hindering my breathing, so we can hold off on surgery until the end of the season, otherwise I’ll be out of action for six or eight weeks during the season, which I don’t really want," the Barcelona-born goalkeeper revealed.

“It’s the right decision to wait, even though my nose isn’t the same.

“Part of my job and the reason the mask is there is to protect me when I come for crosses for the first six weeks. It won’t change the way I play.

"But the injury could happen to anybody, in any position, whether you play in goal or at centre half."

The 23-year-old took some time off to visit family and friends back in Spain recently, so how have the last couple of weeks gone for Raya?  

"At the start, I thought my face was broken," Raya added. "I felt a massive crack go across my face and thought I’d need surgery straight away.

“I felt my nose and head wasn’t right, but as soon as I saw the specialist and he mentioned the swelling going down, once he said I could play with a mask on I was delighted.

“That pushed me on right away to make sure I was ready to play as soon as possible."

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