Overcoming ACL injury
“As the manager has said a number of times, and as I knew myself from watching players before me sustain anterior cruciate ligament damage, it takes around a year to recover.
“Over these 12 months, I’ve had highs and lows, but I’ve managed to cope with it all in the best possible way.
“When I returned to action in the winter, I felt good, but I had to be careful not to suffer muscular relapses, which fortunately never happened.
“I’d accounted for a difficult year to be honest, but I’m happy not to have had any serious problems along the way, and I’ve managed to train consistently.
“Now I feel in good shape and the team even more so in this extremely important stage of our season.”
“This group has grown so much”
“Watching the team grow in stature and confidence with every passing month has helped me when I’ve not been on the pitch. Being around a group of players who are all so positive and who want to achieve great things really rubs off on you.
“That does not only apply to me, but other team-mates who have played less this season. We’re all keen to get on the pitch, but we’re also benefitting from that strength and personality of this group who are aiming at the highest objectives.
“At the end of the day, any player here would prefer to feature less but win, than to play every game and lose. It’s the team that counts for most.”
Significance of sixth straight Scudetto
“If we get our hands on a sixth straight Scudetto, that will definitely be the most significant for me along with the first of this cycle back in 2011/12.
“My maiden league title was very important because I’d never won anything before, but to win six in a row would be extraordinary. Then again, we must not stop here.”