With the International Break in full swing and very little going, I thought I’d take some time out today to talk about one Tomas Rosicky. That’s right, Tomas Rosicky.
Those of you who only started watching Arsenal in the last year probably won’t know who I’m even talking about, while the rest of us will know Rosicky as an exquisite midfielder who is almost as injury-prone as he is technically gifted. Since joining Arsenal just prior to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Czech midfielder has stumbled from injury to injury, eventually culminating in a peculiar problem that has seen him sidelined since January 2008, a full 14 months.
The good news of course is that Rosicky is very, very close to a return to first-team action.
In an interesting and very detailed interview with the official Arsenal website, Rosicky paints the picture of a man who is thrilled to be so close to return and relieved to be rid of the pesky knee injury that, in truth, none of us have known much about. Indeed, most people have been under the assumption that Rosicky’s hamstrings have been the problem rather than his knee. But the midfielder confirmed that he completely ruptured his knee tendon back in January last year, an injury that was not picked up by the usual scans and baffled numerous doctors around Europe.
According to Rosicky, no-one had seen an injury quite like his and it made it almost impossible to treat effectively.
Rosicky commented that in comparison to Eduardo’s ‘smooth’ improvements his recovery was constantly ‘three steps forward, two steps back’. He revealed that at times he was worried that he would never play football again and it would not surprise me in the slightest if he had to deal with various symptoms of depression over the past year as a result, juggling trips to Prague, Germany and London in a bid to keep his spirits up.
Personally I can’t wait to have Rosicky back and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that. He is a top class player whose injury problems have never seen him reach his full potential, a reality that has seen him underrated by many football observers. Although he can’t be realistically expected to have an impact on this season the thought of having him line up alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin is pretty exciting.
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Just before I go, if you’re interested in how the Arsenal players faired for their respective countries check out this article by Arsenal Insider. A quick scan sees Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie amongst the goals and Nicklas Bendtner the only injury casualty.
Anyway that’s it for today. I’m having another cheeky day off tomorrow so I’ll speak to you on Wednesday. Cheers.
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