Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has said that the reason his knee has failed to repair properly is because he has been working TOO hard, according to the Daily Express.
The 26-year-old suffered ligament damage to his left knee as his side fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea back in October and was forced to miss out on the following three months while he recovered.
And he believes that winning the World Cup with Germany last summer and a lack of a winter break contributed to his layoff.
“In my first season, not having a winter break meant that I could notice my body becoming a bit tired,” Ozil said.
“I had the World Cup after my first season here.
“It was such a great time but when I came back, the fitness coach said that even though I felt fit, the freshness was missing.
“I continued to give everything to help the team and that’s how I got my injury.
“That was a really bitter time because I missed football but it’s an experience you have to go through as a player. My aim was always to come back stronger and, thanks to God, everything worked out.”
But Ozil returned to make a strong contribution to Arsenal’s end of season flourish that saw them chalk up a third place finish in the Premier League and a chance at defending their FA Cup title against Aston Villa this weekend.
Ozil ended the season with a respectable five goals from 25 appearances across all competitions in what has been an injury hit season for the club.