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Former Liverpool whizkid signs deal with Serie A club

Former Liverpool player Sebastian Leto is bouncing back from his injury hell which derailed his promising career.

A couple of months back we ran a feature about the storied career of Sebastien Leto, a player signed by Liverpool back in the Rafa Benitez days.

They paid £1.8 million for his services, but due to the fact he was not handed a work permit, he never got going at the club.

Leto was able to play in the odd cup game, but restrictions and red-tape meant he could not play in the Premier League.

He ended up quitting the club to go and play in Greece, with both Olympiakos on loan and then permanently with Panathinaikos.

It was with Panathinaikos where he enjoyed the greatest success, and also the biggest heartbreak.

Last season after scoring 15 goals in 17 games, helping them to the top of the table, Leto suffered a cruciate knee injury, one which ruled him out for the entire season and beyond, and saw them lose out on the title.

With the Greek side counting their pennies, this January they decided to cancel Leto's contract, announcing: "We hope 'Seba' will return to action as quickly as possible and that he fully recovers from the serious injury problems which have affected him so much personally as well as the team."

15 months after he suffered his injury, he has good news to report.

As a free agent, Leto has signed a permanent deal with Serie A side Catania, with the club announcing it on their official website.

Leto is 26-years-old, and can play as a winger or a striker, but the Argentine will have to prove his fitness to work his way into the first team and regain his top form.

However if he can, the club placed 9th in Serie A, just two points behind Inter Milan, may just have picked up a bargain, and Leto's progression should be followed with interest. 

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