Tim Weah injured again In first game back after six-month absence

Ten minutes, plus stoppage time.

That's the length of 19-year-old Tim Weah's comeback with French club Lille before he was injured again.

After a six-month absence, Weah came on late in Lille's 2-1 loss at home to Marseille on Sunday. But minutes after his entrance, he grimaced in pain. He stayed on the field, but a post-game examination revealed that he again tore his hamstring and faces another spell on the sidelines.

In an Instragram post, Weah confirmed that he had been injured but described the injury as a "small setback for a major comeback."

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The new injury is a huge disappointment, though, for Weah and Lille, which reportedly paid Paris St. Germain an estimated $11 million to acquire the winger after he starred for the USA at the 2019 U-20 World Cup.

Weah played the first two games of the 2019-20 season, then was injured doing sprints at the end of practice in August, shortly before he was set for a recall to the U.S. senior national team.

Weah's return was initially slated for November, but he was slow to recover from the same hamstring injury he suffered on Sunday and sent to a specialist in Madrid, where he stayed for three weeks.

Weah began his recovery in earnest in January, working to regain his fitness and ability to accelerate. At almost every press conference, head coach Christophe Galtier gave an update on Weah's status and targeted his return for the Marseille game weeks ahead of time.

In a battle for a place in the Ligue 1 top three and a spot in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage, Lille was confident enough in Weah's comeback that it held off signing another winger during the winter transfer market.

Weah is in the first year of a five-year contract, so Lille is in no rush to get him back on the field.

Currently in fourth place, one point behind Rennes after the defeat to Marseille, Lille is one of Europe's most prolific selling teams, grossing more than $157 million (and netting more than $60 million) on transfers in 2019.

The current value of Lille's squad is more than $250 million with six players valued at more than $20 million, led by 21-year-old Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen, 21-year-old French winger Jonathan Ikone and 20-year-old Senegalese midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
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