“The team are on the right track,” Silas told VfB-TV. That’s as true for the squad as a whole as it is for the 23-year-old himself. The Congolese has battled serious injury problems in the past one and a half years. First a cruciate ligament tear sidelined him for a number of months, and then just a short while later, in February, he injured his shoulder. The 2021/22 season, like the one before it, ended early for him.
Silas had to fight back again – which, as you can see now, he’s done successfully. The forward completed all of pre-season with his teammates. “I feel good,” he said. “Pre-season has gone well. It was important for me to be back in full training. I did a lot of individual work during the summer break, which helped me. I was able to make physical progress.“
In the final pre-season friendly against Valencia, Silas was also back among the goals in a 5-2 win. “I’d missed that a lot,” he described. “It felt good to score in our stadium in front of our fans. Overall the friendlies have given us confidence, and the cup game was a success to. We’re ready for the first league game.” For VfB that comes on Sunday, when RB Leipzig visit the Mercedes-Benz Arena (kick-off 15:30 CEST). “They’re difficult opponents to start with but we’ll try everything to win the match,” said Silas.