AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer sees his knee injury as an opportunity.
The Dane wishes to improve his body strength and tactical awareness during his time off.
He explained, “In the big picture this is just my leg and it’s just football, although both are quite important for a footballer. I’m fine, my family is fine and I’ll be back on the football pitch. I prefer to see it as a positive opportunity and rare.
“I have often thought about what it would be like to spend two or three months away from games, both to be creative in optimising my game and to make my body stronger. Normally this is never possible in a career. I would rather not being injured but I have to accept it, work to overcome it and come out with a stronger version of myself.
“In my mind I’m a guy who grew up in a small town and my feet are solidly planted on the ground. But sometimes you have to be a little arrogant, a little ignorant, about your abilities because they’ll push you a little harder. If you’re playing against Messi or Ronaldo, they’re probably better than you.
“But if you know you kick your ass every day, you can say to yourself, ‘Who’s a better defender in the world right now?’ but in the right conditions… I believe I am the best, I have to believe it. Otherwise I will never be, and I will never give 100%.”
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