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‘I'll give it my all’

New contract, new inspiration for Van Buyten

The sun was beating down, but it didn't stop Daniel van Buyten. The defender took to the roof terrace of the performance centre on Monday afternoon for power-building exercises, having previously completed a series of sprints on the training ground, all accelerating the pace of his sports rehab program. “It's gone very well, and I hope I can up the intensity again tomorrow," he told Daniel is determined and fired up.

The 1.97m (6 ft 5 in) Belgian has been out for three and a half months with a fractured metatarsal, but he is now realistically eyeing a comeback. If everything goes perfectly, he could be a candidate for the DFB Cup final on 12 May, or the Champions League final a week later. “It's a target, and it's a motivating factor for me, although it won't be easy. I'll give it my all," Van Buyten promised, “we'll see whether it's enough."