Fabio Aurelio left Liverpool in the summer, and nine months on has finally made his debut.
Fabio Aurelio's career in recent years has been one of real frustration. He went from being an integral part of the Liverpool team to a bit-part player to a real injury risk.
After being released and then re-signed by Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2011, the Brazilian saw his Reds career finally come to an end last summer, having originally been recruited by Rafa Benitez in 2006.
He signed as a free agent with Gremio in Brazil, but sadly for the left-back he suffered a cruciate knee injury before he could even pull on a shirt for his new side.
This weekend Aurelio finally made his debut, in a league game against Passo Fundo.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but the result was not important to the player, who scored a memorable free-kick at Old Trafford against Manchester United in 2009.
After the game Aurelio said: "I am very pleased to be back after a long time away. Being able to play an official match is joy."
The hard work starts here, the left-back now needs to keep his place in the side. He faces competition from Arsenal loanee Andre Santos, who signed in January to provide cover in the position.
Judging on their careers in England, the Liverpool player is by far the more attractive option for Gremio, but Santos is younger and healthier, so this will certainly be one to watch down in South America - but if Aurelio can recapture his form, then the club have a real player on their hands.
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