Anderson Silva’s career looked to be over after he suffered a horrific broken leg during his rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168, but apparently that’s not the case according to the fighter’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes.

“Trust me, he will be back,” Guimaraes told the TMZ website.

“He had his second X-ray [Thursday] and everything looks great. It was a clean break so the nerves are okay. He’s already started physical therapy and he’s moving his toes.”

Silva has yet to publically state whether he will return to the Octagon or not, but Guimaraes confident appraisal of the situation is backed up by the man who operated on Silva after the break, Dr Steven Sanders, who claimed that the first thing the former long-reigning middleweight champion said after his surgery was, “When can I train?”

The answer to that question is likely to be around 6-9 months if all goes well, meaning that if he was to return to fighting it’s almost certain to be in 2015, by which point Silva wouls be 39 years old.

That’s a long time away and a lot could change between now and then, so it’d be wise not to jump to any conclusions at this stage, though if it is true you have to admire the Brazilian superstar’s bravery and courage.

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