By Giuseppe Muro
Wojciech Szczesny’s injury may be keeping him out of the Arsenal side but it has not stopped him working hard on the training pitch.
The Pole has been sidelined since suffering a finger injury against Barcelona on March 8 and faces a minimum of four weeks in a splint after rupturing tendons in his left hand.
Arsène Wenger said last week that he expected the 20-year-old to miss six weeks of Arsenal’s Premier League run-in and Szczesny believes that is an accurate prognosis.
The nature of the problem stops him being involved in a conventional goalkeeping routine throughout the week. But Szczesny is using the time to work on other areas of his game that, he feels, will make him an improved player upon his return.
“I work in the gym everyday, working on my lower body and my distribution as well which will be very good for me,” he told Arsenal TV Online. “I’m not getting bored, I can still do a lot of stuff.
“There’s nothing you can do when it happens - you have to move on, work hard on your fitness and make sure you come back stronger than ever.
“There’s not a lot of joint damage, the tendon is ruptured. So basically I have to keep my finger in a splint for four weeks and let the tendon heal. From then it will be a couple of weeks before I can be back in the squad.
“It’s very hard, especially at a time when it was going well for me. We have got some big games coming up.”
Wojciech was speaking exclusively to TV Online at a Members' Q&A and subscribers can now watch the full interview 'on demand'.
He also discussed:
- how he is training at the moment
- starting the season as fourth-choice goalkeeper
- his feelings after the Barcelona defeat
- Jens Lehmann's return to the Club
- what the German brings to the table
- the Premier League title run-in