Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal's 28 year old attacking midfielder may be back sooner than expected. Arsenal fans haven't seen him on the field since the 26th of January 2008, when he limped off nine minutes into an FA Cup tie against Newcastle at the Emirates.
Only halfway through his second season at Arsenal, Tomas was sidelined with an injury that Arsene Wenger described as "strange but not serious." 15 months later and the end is at last in sight.
The hamstring injury that he picked up against Newcastle was not a "run of the mill" hamstring injury. Phisioroom.com tells us,
"Usually the Hamstring muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits and the muscle tissue becomes torn. Depending upon the severity of the injury, the leg must be rested from sporting activity for between several weeks and several months."
The injury to Tomas' hamstring was much more serious than this, with his rest and rehabilitation taking 15 months and counting. However reports have it that the latest setback announced recently isn't hamstring related.
By all accounts, the hamstring is fine and dandy, Tomas pulled his groin in training and we are seeing the Eduardo effect once again. This has to be expected from players who have been out for such long periods.
Once again Arsene has heaped praise on Tomas' mental resilience and maturity. I think that the Lewins, Colin and Gary and the experienced medical staff at the Emirates are the real heroes here.
This season a large proportion of the squad have been through the treatment rooms, many for minor knocks, but quite a few players have presented with very serious symptoms. Eduardo, Walcott, Fabregas, and the aforementioned Tomas Rosicky are the notable ones.
When Rosicky is fit and playing again, he is going to add even more quality to the Arsenal squad. Having two creative midfielders playing will bring back the one-touch passing that excites football fans whomever they support.
Arsenals number seven scored seven times in 24 appearances last season and who can say how many he would have scored. He is going to be an integral part of the Arsenal squad, just as he was as captain of the Czech Republic national side until his injury last year.
Phisioroom.com have him coming back in three weeks, Arsenal.com have him back in full training in a week.
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