Izquierdo: Mum prayed instead of watching me play!

The Colombian made his long-awaited return to action last Saturday.

By Charlie Hanson • 29 April 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Jose Izquierdo made his long awaited comeback in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United last Saturday.

After waiting two years to see her son play again, Jose Izquierdo's mum couldn't bear to watch the winger on Saturday at Sheffield United.

The 28-year-old came on for the final ten minutes against the Blades – a first appearance since a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in April 2019.

“Even for my family it's been a hard time while I have been out injured. I am very quiet, I try to keep things to myself because I don't want them to worry as they're faraway.

“My mum is very anxious and I don't want to put more pressure on her with the Covid-19 situation as well, I put the pressure on myself.


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Izquierdo: Comeback Caused Tears

“But they've been amazing, they watched the game and my parents were crying! My mum couldn't watch the game when she saw I was coming on, she went into the other room to pray.”

It's been a tough couple of years for the Columbia international, who has been close to a return only to suffer setbacks along the way.

“It's hard when you're out for a long time, the situation has been hard. When you believe you are close to coming back, something happens. I have felt many times that I have been close to a comeback and then I have picked up another injury. It's hard mentally.

“I had promised myself at the beginning that I will try my best until the end and try to make it, it doesn't matter what happens, it doesn't matter if the situation beats me. I am really proud of myself because it wasn't easy.”