Football: Juninho makes comeback

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The Independent Online
JUNINHO, the Brazilian midfield player, made his first-team comeback in Atletico Madrid's Spanish League game at Mallorca yesterday, just three months after breaking his leg.

The former Middlesbrough man's recovery had originally been expected to take five months. The injury, which resulted from a tackle by Celta Vigo defender, Michel Salgado, had seemed likely to rule him out of the Brazilian squad for this summer's World Cup until yesterday.

However, he was unable to stop Atletico Madrid losing 2-1 away to Mallorca, a result that left Atletico in eighth place, at least two points adrift of qualifying for a Uefa Cup place.