Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell was doubtful for Sunday’s derby match against Benfica. The player had a knee sprain, and despite his good form, Jorge Jesus could not count on him for the ninety minutes.

There had been serious worry Campbell wouldn’t make it, but perhaps Jesus and Sporting had been insinuating the injury was a little worse than it actually was, and therefore encouraging Benfica to plan differently for the match.

CapturarCampbell started the game on the bench ended up being brought on at half-time. Even though Sporting lost the match 2-1, the player’s performance was still something that received many compliments from the Portuguese media.

The player delivered three good crosses to Bas Dost. The Dutch striker had one saved by the goalkeeper, another hit the post and the other one finally went in the back of the net.

Capturar2Campbell was picked as Sporting’s best player by both Record and O Jogo, with the latter asking ‘what if he had started’?

As we said last week, the Arsenal owned player’s season at Sporting has been pretty good.

He’s been useful for the team and was already being considered to start games before the knee injury. After this great performance, he’ll certainly have a place now.