Joel Campbell scored his first goal since mid-October this weekend, after finally making a full return from injury for Real Betis.
Thanks to knee operations, sprained ankles, and a couple of small setbacks, Campbell didn’t start a game for his loan club from October 21st until May 19th.
He made his return to the bench a couple of months earlier, but the club clearly didn’t want to risk him aggravating his injury. He made just four substitute appearances from March to May, and played a grand total of 30 minutes between them.
Then, at last, they named him in the starting eleven and gave him 90 minutes against CD Leganes. The forward didn’t disappoint, scoring the opening goal within 20 minutes:
After that, Betis unfortunately went on to lose the match, but there’s not much Campbell could’ve done about that from his forward position.
Now the 25-year-old will prepare for his international commitments, after Costa Rica named him in the squad to travel to the World Cup. After that, we’ll have to wait and see if he has any future at Arsenal.
Transfermarkt claim his contract runs out in 2018, but it seems unlikely the club would loan him out until the end of his deal. We’ll find out this summer.
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