One of the surviving players of the Chapecoense plane tragedy has returned to training – despite only having one leg.
Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann is one of only three team-mates left alive following the crash in Colombia in which 71 of the 77 people on last November’s flight were killed.
Follman has become an inspirational figure in Brazil after battling back from having his leg removed.
And his latest brave step on the road to recovery can be seen in this Chapecoense team video which shows him training again with his old club.
The emotional keeper said: “With only one leg, I am going further than with two, and it is a big emotion.
“I am glad to come back to the pitch and remember the times that went away so fast. The memories are big, but it is good. I think I am heading in the right direction.”
And after going through some intensive training drills at the Arena Conda stadium, he joked: “If I work a bit more, I think I can make a proper comeback!”
Follman has a prosthesis in place of his amputated right leg, but that has not stopped him fulfilling his dream of returning to the football pitch.
His brave reaction to the tragedy has made him a cult hero in Brazil, along with the other survivors including club colleagues Alan Rushel and Helio Neto, as well as a journalist and two crew members.
“The leg amputation only took off my leg, nothing else,” he told local media. “I challenge myself every day and I see that the difficulty is only in the head.
“I value the simple things of life, things that are unseen in the normal day – the simple fact of going to the bathroom and kissing people who I love.
“I was in a wheelchair for a while and that was difficult. My dream was to be fine, walk, hug. I really appreciate this training session.
“I feel like I won the day, the week, the month. I am a proud physically disabled person and coming back to practice sport is a pleasure.”
The tragedy took place on November 2016 in Colombia, when the Chapecoense team was travelling to face Atletico Nacional for the Sudamericana Cup.