Monday, March 10, 2008
Rosicky blames injuries on busy English schedule but reveals his expected return
By 1970’s Gooner
Tomas Rosicky’s absence from the Arsenal line up has come at the most busy time of the season when the run in for the title begins to gather pace and the Champions League fixtures reach the knock out stages.
He has been rather injury prone as of late being out of first team action since the FA Cup game against Newcastle at the Emirates on the 26th January.
“Of course, it is very annoying to miss these games," he said to Czech television station Nova.
"The injury simply does not want to fade away but now it seems like it has been improving a little bit.”I am now training with the ball."
He has blamed his injuries to the very heavy schedule of games in England where there is no winter break to give the chance for the body to recover.
“The Bundesliga has a winter break whereas here in England winter is the time when the games are played in quick succession"
"In Germany the players can have a rest and have a winter pre-season, which is a big advantage of course. That is not the case here which is a big difference," he said.
Tomas played in Germany for Borussia Dortmund before catching Arsene Wenger’s eye earning a transfer to North London in May 2006.
There is doubt however whether Rosicky’s injuries can be blamed just on the idiosyncratic busy English winter schedule.
According to the Czech team’s doctor Pavel Kolar "Tomas has an imbalance of his muscle structure,"
Kolar is renowned for his work in rehabilitation, in addition to his treatment of celebrities in the world of sports, politics and entertainment.
He gained wide recognition for his treatment of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.
"In my opinion, this plays a big role in his injuries. Some of his muscles work more and are more developed whereas others are not.
"The problem is in the coordination of muscles which Tomas uses. Muscles on the rear side of his thigh are enormously strained, it is a matter from his childhood." Kolar told MF Dnes as far back as the middle of last October.
And this assessment seems to hold some truth as Tomas has a string of recurring muscle injuries.
Have a look at his long list of injuries since he joined the club:
2008 February 1st: Hamstring Injury
2007 November 7th: Groin Strain
2007 September 20th: Hamstring Injury
2007 July 30th: Hamstring Injury
2007 April 30th: Hamstring Injury
2007 March 1st: Groin Strain
2006 November 10th: Hamstring Injury
2006 August 18th: Groin Strain
2006 May 31st: Thigh Muscle Strain
He was limited to just 22 appearances last season due to various muscular injuries.
Kolar insists exercises will cure Rosicky's problems but it will take a long time:
"It is a task for at least three to five months. But it depends how frequently he turns to the exercises”
Tomas himself has said that he expects to return to action in time for the Champions league Quarter Final which will take place on April 1st (on fool’s day)!
He will miss the home game against Middlesbrough next Sunday as well the away games at Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers.
Let’s hope the Arsenal physios and himself address his muscle problems properly so that the probability for any more injuries is kept to a minimum.
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