Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has been reflecting on spending over half a year on the sidelines.
The 19-year-old suffered a knee injury in March and returned to full training only this week.
It was the first major injury problem for the highly-rated German youngster, who has revealed what he learned about himself and his body during the past months when he could not play football.
‘I’ve been out for more than six months now, and it isn’t easy seeing players out there enjoying football when you can’t run’, the teenager told Arsenal’s official website. ‘You have to use it as a learning curve and try to get into the best shape for when you come back.
‘I’ve learnt a lot about my body - what exercises are good for me, what exercises are bad for me. When you watch games you sometimes see more than you do when you’re on the pitch, so I’ve learnt from that as well’.
It must have really hard for Gnabry to have suffered the long-term injury. Psychologically, it must have been devastating for someone as young as him, but it does appear that he has recovered from the blow.
Gnabry is highly rated by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has played him 10 times in the Premier League since giving him his debut in 2012. The youngster is not yet ready to make a first-team comeback, but he is certainly on track to do very soon.