Koscielny backs Bellerin to return from harm ‘stronger than earlier than’



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23 Jan 2019, 02:34 IST
Hector Bellerin
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin was injured in opposition to Chelsea

Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin ought to attempt to “get pleasure from life” throughout his harm lay-off and has backed the Spaniard to return “stronger than earlier than”.

Gunners right-back Bellerin has been dominated out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in a Premier League win in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday.

Bellerin was making his first begin since recovering from a calf pressure sustained in December, however he may now be out of motion for so long as 9 months.

Koscielny, although, feels his fellow Arsenal defender can use the chance to discover alternatives away from the pitch earlier than making his comeback.

“Like I stated to him yesterday, ‘Put soccer on the facet and luxuriate in a little bit of your life with your loved ones and mates’,” Koscielny instructed Sky Sports activities. “He’s beginning a brand new chapter of his profession.

“It is going to be lengthy however he’s a robust boy and I do know he has the individuals round him to assist him and be again as quickly as attainable and stronger than earlier than.

“He is aware of all of the group are right here to assist him as a result of we all know he could have some troublesome moments throughout his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], however they know all of the group are right here and behind them to assist them come again with us and assist us to have outcomes collectively.”

Koscielny isn’t any stranger to the remedy room himself, with the 33-year-old having solely not too long ago returned to motion after rupturing his Achilles.

“It was very exhausting throughout some moments as a result of I missed the World Cup,” stated the France defender. “However you be taught lots about life, you’re extra constructive about soccer as a result of you recognize it is only a small a part of your life, and you’ve got some good issues off the pitch.

“I found lots about life so I used to be stunned about that. I used to be very centered on my rehab so typically you’re in a bubble and you’ll’t see individuals attempting that will help you to be again as quickly as attainable.

“It is essential to open your eyes as a result of there are good issues. Now I’m extra constructive about my life and profession and attempt to maintain the unfavourable issues outdoors of my physique.

“When you’re a soccer participant you’re centered on soccer, media, outcomes and also you overlook a variety of issues round you. You possibly can overlook household and children a bit since you are together with your team-mates on a regular basis. It is essential to open your eyes and luxuriate in life in addition to your soccer profession.

“I get pleasure from my profession extra now than earlier than I used to be injured as a result of I realized lots about soccer and life. I simply need to get pleasure from it.”

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