Returning from injury is a welcoming news for every footballer globally but staying fit and breaking into the starting line up of a coach is the main task for the footballer. Footballers returning from injury go through a lot of harrowing experience when recovering. They need time and attention from every quarter of the club they play for to have a smooth recovery. That is the task Hearts of Oak midfielder, Abdul Aziz Nurudeen is currently faced with after returning from a lengthy injury. The midfielder has not had it easy at all having to deal with a long term injury just after a few weeks of premier league matches in the 2020/21 Ghana league season.
The 23-year-old picked a muscle injury in Hearts of Oak’s 1-1 draw against Legon Cities FC last season which sidelined him for eight months. The Ghana U-23 midfielder has however started kicking and running after doctors declared him fit last week to start full scale training much to his happiness because being sidelined for long in a footballer’s career is nothing good to talk about .
With a plethora of payers in Hearts of Oak’s midfield, it looks increasingly difficult for the youngster to easily break into Samuel Boadu’s starting line up. There are several players in Hearts of Oak’s midfield and he must work his sleeves off to be able to play regularly. Emmanuel Nettey, Salifu Ibrahim, Salim Adams, Frederick Ansah Botchway plus a couple of other players will make it difficult for him to break into the midfield set up.
Aziz Nurudeen however is confident that with hard work and consistency, he will soon return to playing regularly.“Of Course yes I can [break into the starting line up]. I was playing regularly before I got injured. “So Insha Allah the hardwork and extra trainings that I have been doing wouldn’t stop. “I will still put up some more and do whatever the coach desires and listen to his instructions and the pattern of play he wants us to play to impress our current coach. “So that would break through into the team once again.” Aziz Nurudeen told Africa-foot.com.
Abdul Aziz Nurudeen joined Hearts of Oak from Division One club, Vision FC in 2020 alongside Frederick Ansah Botchway and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh on transfer deadline day. The devout Muslim was not registered for the CAF Champions League due to the long term injury but is still in the plans of head coach, Samuel Boadu for next season’s domestic football.
By: Adamu Muftawu