Jonathan "Jono" De Guzman's Knee and Career On the Mend

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Jonathan De Guzman, or Jono as he is known to his close friends and family, had a season to forget this year.

His Feyenoord team struggled to find form after he returned from the Olympics in Beijing with his adopted country Holland and flirted with relegation.

Then just after the turn of the year it was confirmed his season would be cut short because of a serious knee injury.

The Canadian-born starlet's European adventure started at a very young age. He headed to the famed Feyenoord youth academy at the age of 12 and made his first team debut on his 18th birthday.

His playing time and goal totals per season steadily rose season after season and he was courted by such teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City last summer.

The future looked bright for Jono and many believed he was on his way to become a star player for a big European team. Going to the Beijing Olympics after making his U-21 debut in February 2008 and scoring two goals in his first game was supposed to be the stage to boost his reputation.

Instead, at such a young age and playing so many matches as a key player for his club, Jono's injury setback has seemingly put his career on pause. The big clubs aren't being linked with him any more and he his currently getting back into fitness in time to participate in Feyenoord's preseason.

At the tender age of 21, Jono's window at moving to a big European club is far from closing, but this season will have to be his coming out party if he expects major European success' in the future.

The World Cup is less than a year away and with so much competition for the creative midfield role that he occupies with Feyenoord and the Dutch U21's, one has to think a solid 2009-10 campaign will bring his name back on the minds as one of Holland's premier young stars.

Even though his name isn't all over the transfer sections as it was last summer, look for Feyenoord's No. 33 to get his career back on track this season. Jono's star has dimmed, but he will press play on his career and shine brighter than ever before.

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