Thomas Vermaelen got injured June 22, 2014 while playing for Belgium against Russia at the World Cup. Since then he has had various physical problems and needed to have surgery.

Despite his injury Barça decided to sign him in August 2014. He was submitted to exhaustive medical tests and was presented on August 10.

His recovery was supposed to last 10 days, but it took a month and a half. At the end of September, Thomas got the medical clearance, played in a friendly game with Barça B and trained normally with the first team.

But he wasn't feeling 100 percent recovered so in November, he decided that he should visit the Finnish traumatologist Sakari Orava in search for a solution, a decision that was approved by the club's medical team.

He had surgery in Finland on the semitendinosus muscle of his right thigh early December. In mid-February, he started training apart from the group. A week after that, his recovery process was paused due to the fact that he still felt some pain.

In March, he intensified his recovery process and started training with the group in some sessions. Yesterday, April 26, 2015, he was finally given the medical clearance and he will be available for the game against Getafe on Tuesday.

It's been a very long 10 months for the Belgian defender who now hopes to get his official debut for Barcelona soon.

Luis Enrique now has all 23 players available for the last eight (hopefully nine) games of the season.

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Source: EFE