Having helped Brazil to silver in the GB Olympics in the summer of 2012, Sandro was enjoying a fine season in central midfield until injury struck at QPR in January, 2013, ruling him out for the rest of the 2012-13 campaign.
Until then, he'd featured 27 times, starting 22 matches in the Premier League, including drilling home only his second Spurs goal at Fulham.
Born in Riachinho, Sandro made nearly 100 appearances for Inter having come through the ranks at the Porto Alegre club, playing a key role in both the Copa Libertadores success and their second place finish in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A the season before.
He made his senior international debut for Brazil against Chile in a World Cup qualifier in September, 2009, aged 20.
He was also capped on eight occasions for the national team's Under-20 side and was their captain as they triumphed in the South American Youth Championship in Venezuela in February, 2009.
Sandro eventually arrived in London in August, 2010, following the successful conclusion of his former club's Copa Libertadores campaign.
Inter lifted the South American equivalent of the Champions League after a 5-3 aggregate Final victory over Chivas of Mexico.
He was in and out of the squad in the early part of the 2010-11 campaign following his summer switch from Internacional but his stunning performance alongside Wilson Palacios to help beat AC Milan in the San Siro in February, 2011, made everyone sit up and take notice.
He appeared to cover every blade of grass that night and his energy levels and ability to break play up were a feature for the rest of the season. He then showed he had an eye for goal with a strike to remember at Chelsea in April, 2011.
In the end, Sandro racked up 26 appearances in all competitions, starting 17.
He was also selected for the Copa America, taking place in July, 2011.
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