In an exclusive interview, Hakim Ziyech has discussed the frustrating injuries that have hampered him this season, but hopes he can put them behind him to continue his excellent recent form.
The winger has had to contend with bad luck on the injury front right from the start of 2021/22, when a shoulder problem picked up after scoring in our UEFA Super Cup victory disrupted his opening to the campaign.
It has been a theme which has continued, despite the Moroccan producing arguably his best performances in a Chelsea shirt so far, with those set-backs seeming to arrive just as he is hitting top form.
‘It’s crazy,’ said Ziyech. ‘Every time when you’re doing well you get an injury or whatever, something bad happens, and then you always have to start over again and over again
‘With injuries it always comes at a bad moment. The games are coming quick behind each other and there is also not a lot to work harder on. If you didn’t play you do a bit harder training session than all the others, but it’s not always the fitness that you need when you come back after injury.’
The 29-year-old’s frustration has never been clearer than when he was forced to leave to pitch with an injury during the first leg of our Champions League win over Lille, but he feels he is back on the right track after returning to the side to score on his birthday in our last match, another victory, this time against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.
‘I’m good. I’m getting better every week again. I just came back from an injury, of course, but it goes well and everything is fine. Right now I think I’m in a good way. I had a good period behind me and I try to do that again.’