Abdou Diallo is returning from a herniated disc injury, which kept the 24-year-old out of the squad. However, he’s back training with his teammates, and the central defender gave an interview with the Paris Saint-Germain website to discuss the matter.
Diallo first opened up about his injury. It caught France international by surprise, and as a result, he chose to have surgery.
“I had a herniated disc. It affects the lower vertebrae. I don’t know how it happened, it came gradually, I had pain in my back and my right leg,” Diallo said. “I chose to have an operation because it was the best way to get back to a very high level. ”
The rehabilitation process was a bit complicated because of the coronavirus pandemic. Patients battling the virus received priority, so Diallo had a bump in trying to return to the pitch.
“It was complicated, especially because of the Coronavirus,” Diallo said. “Ideally, I should have had the operation a day after the match against Dortmund, but with the crisis, hospitals were reserved for people affected by the virus, which is perfectly normal. We had to wait longer than expected, and suddenly, everything was postponed.”
After going through his rehabilitation process, Diallo is focusing on his training. The 24-year-old was aiming for this week to make his return to the squad, which he did.
“It was a pleasure … after so much time stuck at home, and in bed, it’s great to be able to move and to be able to exert efforts without feeling the pain,” Diallo said. “I partially resumed with the group last week, with warm-ups, toros, and tactics. I was aiming to get back with the band 100% this week, which is the case.”
Despite the hurdles, Diallo is now in preparation for playing live matches. Although he might not play against Olympique Lyonnais in the Coupe de la Ligue, he spoke about PSG’s ambitions towards winning every trophy possible.
“The fact of not winning the cups last year gives us a lot of motivation. When you’re at Paris Saint-Germain, you have to play to win,” Diallo said. “We have to want to win as many trophies as possible, we don’t hide our ambitions, and I think that is reflected in the field.”
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