Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has revealed the philosophy that helped him to through his lengthy period out with injuries.
The 22-year old suffered a knee injury in February 2016 following an extended run of games last season, thereby putting an end to his season and ruling him out of Euro 2016 for France.
However, the French international finally returned to first – team action earlier this year in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Brentford, as he tries to work his way back into the team.
Zouma explains that it was his positive attitude and state of mind that has been key to his recovery and rehabilitation.
“If you are mentally good and stable, your recovery is going to be better and quicker. That’s his philosophy,” he told The Mirror.
He revealed that if you give up and you become sad while thinking about the injury, you are likely going to struggle. He feels he is still very young and can enjoy the life as a professional footballer.
“I keep laughing. I am still young, enjoy life. I am a footballer; I have a great life. So let’s laugh.”
Chelsea have scored 51 goals and conceded 17 in the 24 Premier League games they have played so far this season, leaving them nine points clear at the top of the table, ahead of second placed Tottenham Spurs.
The form of Brazilian-born Spain striker, Diego Costa and Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard has helped propel Chelsea to the summit of the Premier League.
With exactly fourteen games left to play, Chelsea are sure-fire favourites to lift the Premier League title come the end of the season.
Next up for Antonio Conte’s men is an away clash at Burnley next Sunday, before taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fifth round at Molineux.