Barcelona's one time Liverpool and Chelsea wonderkid target back in action after 636 days

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Keirrison is finally back in action after over two years out injured.

In 2009 the whole of Europe was at one in the pursuit of talented Brazilian forward Keirrison. The teenager had banged in the goals at boyhood club Coritiba. In 2008 he was the joint top scorer in the Campeanato Brasileiro Serie A with 23 goals; and at the time he was just 19-years-old.

In the end he completed a move to Palmeiras where he was again prolific in front of goal; but only for a brief moment in time.

Overall, before he moves to Europe, he played 158 games and scored 89 goals in Brazil all before his 21st

After falling out with the clubs fans he decided the time was right to make a move to Europe and openly touted himself as available to the continents biggest clubs.

And considering the starlets incredible form in Brazil there was always going to be fierce competition for his signature.

That competition included two Premier League sides; with Chelsea and Liverpool both said to be considering a move for the player.

Some sources even linked Liverpool with a done deal for the prodigy and Chelsea were also heavily linked for a move as two teams in a trio of clubs linked with his signing.

But in the end he decided to go with the third team in the running for his signature; Barcelona.

At the time he spoke of his dream at entering the first-team, of winning trophies at the Nou Camp and becoming a stalwart for the team.

That was in 2009 and in 2013 he has still not featured for the club.

He was loaned out to Benfica almost immediately and had minimal impact in Lisbon; playing just seven games the entire season and scoring a grand total of zero goals.

Next was Fiorentina. He was supposed to spend 18 months in Florence but the deal was cut short after a year.

Then he returned to Brazil to play on loan at Santos and Cruzeiro; which is where his already dwindling career unravelled even further.

Whilst playing for Cruzeiro on the 6th October 2011 he suffered a horrific knee injury and suffered a recurrence of the problem once again in August last year.

The talented striker has therefore not played a game of football in 637 days; which on Sunday was a run that almost came to an end.

Keirrison re-joined his boyhood club Coritiba on loan earlier this year as he approached a return from his injury and this Sunday he was in the match-day squad for the first time in over two years as he returned from his injury hell.

Coritiba won their match with Atletico Paranaense 1-0 thanks to a goal from Angolan forward Geraldo; a result which takes them top of the Brazilian league unbeaten after seven games.

But Keirrison will have to wait a little while longer to make his return.

He sat on the bench for the entire 90 minutes and although he would have been happy just to be involved again you can imagine this Barcelona-owned starlet will be chomping at the bit to step out onto the pitch for the first time since October 2011.

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