neymar he will not play again this season. A premature injury to his right ankle has left the PSG star out of action, who since arriving in Paris in the summer of 2017 suffered 18 injuries different in nature and 146 of the 319 official matches were lost that his team has played since that billionaire landing in the city of love.

So the Brazilian doubled

He is the last great example of football players who spent almost more time in the ward than dribbling on the pitch.

In the League, the Chimy Ávila He knows very well the climate that is breathed in the sanatorium. He has suffered two cross fractures in recent times. For a soccer player who likes to explode, injuries could have marred his career. “After the injuries, I looked at everything differently. That’s why I now play every game like it’s my last. Every ball is a gift for my daughters and it’s the last one for me because you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s my daughters’ bread,” he recently told MARCA.

After the injuries, I took everything differently

Chimy Ávila for MARCA

The most personal version of Chimy Ávila

Trainer’s Patience

In the middle of this equation are the bench heads. “As a coach you always have to be very careful because we know that the player wants to come back as soon as possible. And that speeds up and shortens deadlines. The coach must pay attention to the doctors and not just to the footballer, because sometimes that anxiety about returning can affect him. We made a mistake with Oscar Serrano at Racing, we gave him a few minutes and he had a relapse of his injury. Something similar happened with Pablo Villa in Castilla”, he recalls. Miguel AngelPortugal.

The coach must pay attention to the doctors and not just to the football player, because sometimes he can get that anxiety of wanting to come back

Miguel Ángel Portugal for MARCA

Serrano himself remembers this with sadness. “I suffered two crossings in two years. I went back and broke. I tolerated the first injury better. I had a huge desire to go back, I wanted to eat the world. But when I came back, I played it twice and it broke. The second time I took it more calmly. I wasn’t obsessed with deadlines, because each doctor gave a different one.“, remember.

What I learned is that you have to be patient, that everything has a process

Óscar Serrano for BRAND

For him, age is fundamental, “because it’s not the same thing to have surgery at 20 like ‘Cane’ than at 30. What I learned is that you have to be patient, that everything has a process. that’s a lot of people. It shows he cares.” channels He recognized this in MARCA Plus: “With injuries, although they have their downside, they also help you realize how lucky you are to be a football player.”

Panic in Santander

Canals, Serrano and also Ivan Bolado they broke on the banks of El Sardinero. “It seems that they put an evil eye on us in Santander. In my case, there were five operations on my knee, the first when I was 19. Before the knee, I broke my ankle and I remember that Mantecón told me: ‘don’ don’t worry because it’s rare to have more than one serious injury…’. After the ankle, came the two knees. A bad joke. It changed my mood”, he explains. heftywho “went into the clinic at 6 am, then into the pool, push-up exercises… and left at 7 pm. Thirteen hours alone gradually sank me. I was never the same.”

After the ankle came the two knees. A sick joke. changed my mood

Iván Bolado for MARCA

It stole his ‘feeling’ on the ball. “You lose the motivation of football and you lose confidence. It’s a very strange feeling because it’s like you have a new leg, full of grafts and you have to deal with it. When you recover and leave, you don’t get into an accident, you don’t put your knee… It’s complicated. It took me about three months to get rid of the fear.” Serrano shows himself in the same line: “The fact of training has nothing to do with playing. You feel like a train has run over you. You always play with alert on and whoever says no is lying. I’m left-handed and when it was time to drop or jump, I used my right hand. Cerberus is like that, you try to protect the damaged leg.”

This is how Oyarzabal’s injury was experienced: “I felt a snap… Of course, you cry”

key feels one more

“Desire can make you wrong and put your career and your life at risk. You have to be mentally well because, without a doubt, injuries are the worst thing in world football, worse than bad sequences or even when you don’t have opportunities. Because here you don’t have the health to compete. The key is to continue to feel part of the team and support whatever it is,” he says. Louis Millawho fell at age 23.

The key is to continue to feel like part of the team and support them in whatever way they can.

Luis Milla for MARCA

This pause made him curious: “I left Barcelona for Madrid and it was curious because, as Cruyff was very imitated at that time for the tone of voice, he called me to ask how I was doing and I thought he was kidding me”. Another who was injured at Camp Barça was Afonso Perez: “The most important injury I had was in the Achilles tendon. At Barça a sprain gave me more problems, but this is something that any football player has had. In addition, I also had some problems with my hamstrings which, together with not He I had the confidence of the coach, he made me play little”.

Cazorla: “Since the MARCA cover with my ankle, people have been interested.”

Goodbye forever

Of operations and medical conversations he knows javier clemente. “They retired me with 25 injuries when I was very young. I was injured for eight years, they operated on me five times. They injured me with 19 and I never played again. The doctor told me not to try anymore, but I continued. they said nothing could be done, I didn’t feel any relief”, recalls the baracaldo, who recalls that “he was a true artist walking on crutches”.

I was injured for eight years, they operated on me five times

Clemente to MARK

He accepted with humor, but it wasn’t always so easy. “My teammates were on the pitch, or winning titles, and I was at home with my leg like a Gruyère cheese. Although I always felt those victories (such as the 1973 World Cup) as mine, because I felt“. Fortunately, “it will be very rare to see mine again because medicine has advanced so much.”

coconut question

For Lorraine Cos, sports psychologist, the key to overcoming injuries is “accepting reality, setting goals, practicing visualization, identifying progress, staying connected to the sport, having a strong support network, maintaining motivation and applying relaxation techniques and self control”. Even the physios, more focused on other areas, insist on the mental factor.

“You have to be patient. Neymar, for example, has everything. But he is still a child and a human person. When something like that happens, the blow is tremendous. If you have a pedagogical base, you can leave early. If you is very outgoing forward, puts on the brakes and vice versa. You have to remind them that the knee or the pelvis or whatever it is is not one hundred percent. You have to push them or even trick them. I tell him, until you leave for the field, I won’t answer the phone… it depends on each one’s personality”, explains the physiotherapist Mikel Aramendi.

You have to remind them that the knee or the pelvis or whatever it is is not one hundred percent. You have to pressure them or even trick them

Mikel Aramendi (physiotherapist) for MARCA

In medical terms, the doctor Pedro Luis Ripoll remember when a long-injured player must return: “When you suffer a joint injury, there is a loss of the brain’s automatic control over that joint and its protection, especially in situations of mechanical stress. This is called proprioception. When a serious injury occurs, this mechanism is disconnected, and during the recovery period, the habit is lost. The hurt can come back when you reconnect it“. Some come back the same or stronger, others are left with sequels and some are forced to retire. That’s why, as everyone agrees, “injuries are the worst thing about football”.

When suffering a joint injury, there is a loss of the brain’s automatic control over that joint and its protection, especially in situations of mechanical stress.

doctor Ripoll for BRAND

Injuries removed them forever

In addition to Clemente at age 25 after tibia and fibula fracture; De la Red (at age 25 due to a heart condition); César Jiménez (aged 30 after knee injury); Deisler (at 27 also on his knees); Lainez (at 28 due to knees); Álvaro Benito (at 27 after failing to successfully overtake a triad); Van Basten (aged 29 due to ankle injury); Uli Hoeness (at 27 also on his knees); Tostão (aged 26 due to a detached retina) or Álvaro Domínguez (aged 27 due to back problems) had to retire early due to different illnesses.