I moved house to try and tackle my injury nightmare, admits Man City star Jack Rodwell
The 21-year-old, who made his first start since September in Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Chelsea, has been plagued by hamstring problems for the past two seasons, forcing him to admit to being ‘surprised’ that City were prepared to invest £12 million in him last summer.
Having missed out on Euro 2012 and the London Olympics as a result of his injury, Rodwell has made just 10 appearances in all competitions for City since arriving from Goodison Park last August.
But after trading his sports car for a jeep and making other changes to his lifestyle, Rodwell believes he is now finally over his problems and ready to progress at the Etihad Stadium.
“I had a low sports car,” Rodwell said. “That wasn’t necessarily the reason [for the injury], but it was a factor. I also changed my pillows and moved a bit closer to Manchester as well because I didn’t want to be sat in the same position [driving] for an hour a day.
“I tried everything because it means that much to me, but I’m finally over the line I think.
“Before the last five or six weeks, I used to go into training and was never confident. I was just praying I got through training and that’s just not the way to be at all.
“So we took a step back, went back to the drawing board and looked at everything. Now, there’s not a second thought about injuries when I go into training, so that’s good.”
Because of concerns at Everton over Rodwell’s susceptibility to hamstring injuries, the midfielder visited Munich-based specialist Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt last spring in an attempt to resolve his problems.
And Rodwell admits that, with his track record of injuries, he was surprised by Roberto Mancini’s decision to sign him.
“I was a little bit surprised, yes, because of the injuries,” Rodwell said.
“It was a good surprise, though. City came in and I was fit at the time. I’d got a pre-season under my belt and I’d seen Muller-Wohlfahrt a couple of months, before so I felt fit, but I obviously wasn’t.
“I probably didn’t do enough work after getting treated by him, which I know now.
“At Everton, I got a couple of hamstring injuries and I doubted whether I just built for it [football]. I had between five and 10 setbacks and that’s not just from the original injury.
“It is mentally hard. There are times when you come into training and you’re set back again and you don’t know what to do.
“To be honest, I did think the worst, but then I thought that there’s not many people in the position of being injured doing the thing they love.
“I had to take the positives and think I’m still young and in a great position at one of the best teams in the world.
“I looked at it like that and took a bit more time, got fit and kept my mentality strong. Now I’m back.”