–Nigeria defender enjoying life in Portugal
Nigeria international, Reuben Gabriel is hoping to rediscover the form that once drew comparisons with former Arsenal player, Patrick Vieira.
Gabriel wants to re-establish himself as a top European player with new club Boavista, in a bid to take a leading role for club and country.
For the past year the all-action midfielder has been hampered by a lingering groin injury, which also forced him out of the Nigerian squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil.
He eventually returned to full fitness to participate in the pre-World Cup friendlies and also made a late substitute appearance for Nigeria against France at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Gabriel, who has been omitted from the latest Super Eagles squad to afford him time to sort out his club career, is happy that his injury days are now behind him after making his debut for Portuguese side, Boavista, last weekend.
“The groin injury was difficult, but as a professional you must continue fighting to regain fitness quickly. It now seems that rushing to return to fitness only made things worse for me but I never gave up till I recovered because I’m a born fighter,” Gabriel told BBC Sport.
“I endured a lot of challenges but my family and my agent stood by me and supported me all the way to ensure I fully recover from my injury problems and continue to enjoy my football.
“I’m now fully recovered and ready to show fans at club and international level what I can do.”