Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that he has been experiencing serious pain due to a previous injury for the last two years.
The England midfielder has even conceded that the agony of the problem ensured that he struggled to get out of bed and even lift himself off the sofa.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a knee ligament injury against Aston Villa in the opening game of the 2013/14 season, and has been suffering with various issues ever since.
While the original injury ensured that he missed five months, he was then forced to miss playing time due to a persistent groin problem last year.
The 22-year-old insists that he is only now feeling fully fit again, but has had to change his training routine and took a complete break over the summer to get back into the best possible shape.
“It’s all been a chain reaction from that injury against Villa, just being out for five or six months for the first time in your life,” he said, according to the Mirror.
“After I did my knee, I would get in an hour early [and] do a full hour preparation to go and train. That was something new. Then it ended up in my groins from the compensation.
“I struggled with that for a large part of last season. There were times when I tried to get up from the bed, or from sitting on the sofa and I was in so much pain.
“But then I would [be able to] play 90 minutes, and I couldn’t get round it in my head that I was struggling with the simplest of tasks but was still playing games.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a decent start to the season, scoring the winner in the Community Shield clash with Chelsea, before securing all three points against Newcastle last weekend with his deflected effort.