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Santos Laguna’s Director of High Performance on the art and science of recovery

496 days is a long time to not do something. 496 days is an eternity to not do something at an elite level. But 496 days after suffering a fractured leg in practice, Brian Lozano re-took the pitch in the 56th minute of Santos Laguna’s 3-0 win over Necaxa. It was a triumphant moment not only for a player who had once been Uruguay’s national team winger, but for the team at Santos who helped him on his long road to recovery.

The moment Lozano stepped back onto the pitch, “I was crying,” Director of High Performance Gonzalo Rodríguez tells me from his office at TSM in Torreón earlier this week.