A brave attitude

Füllkrug on his comeback
Niclas Füllkrug feels on the right track (Photo: nordphoto).
First Team
Tuesday, 24.03.2020 / 19:00

No team training, a suspension in play and an uncertain future. This period without football due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus is difficult for fans, managers and players alike. Just like his teammates, Niklas Füllkrug is also having to follow the current developments from home, however there are some positives to take from the Corona crisis for the injured striker. In addition to spending time with his daughter Emilia, most importantly the break means that, “The later the Bundesliga returns, the higher the chance that I will be able to feature again this season. But I still think it’s unlikely.”

 

However, the striker is playing down the rumours of an early return to action, “As the coach has already said, it doesn’t make sense to set myself goals at the moment. I have to see what happens. First of all it’s important that I get back to feeling good.”

Füllkrug feels like he is currently, “on the right track” after suffering from a ruptured cruciate ligament in the summer. The 27-year-old has overcome both a readjustment of his knee, as he calls it, as well as a further knee operation. “I noticed one or two differences in my knee after my cruciate ligament surgery. Then we decided what we were going to do. Finally, I decided to have another operation and clean the old scar tissue,” Füllkrug explained on Tuesday. The result: He’s getting better and better.

Niclas Füllkrug needs to be patient before he returns to the pitch (Photo: nordphoto).

Nevertheless, the striker is still quite a bit away from being able to return to the pitch. At the moment, Füllkrug is predominantly concerned with building up strength in his knee to be able to run. However, that is much more difficult to do without being able to complete training sessions at the wohninvest WESERSTADION in the days of pandemic we are currently experiencing. He was visiting the training ground more and more every week, mainly to work on his physical fitness. He is now only visiting for absolutely essential exercises which cannot be done alone, of course whilst taking strict health precautions.

Despite his last appearance for the Green-Whites coming over half a year ago, the striker doesn’t want to rush his comeback. “I’m not ready to slow down yet. I still feel in good condition,” said the forward.