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Niklas Sule says postponement of Euros helped ease pressure on injury comeback

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The pause in matches has helped Sule take the necessary time he needs to fully recover.

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Niklas Süle’s road to recovery from a cruciate ligament injury suffered in the middle of October has been long and difficult, but the towering center-back maintains high spirits. Throughout the recovery process, he admitted that a massive motivating factor for him was his drive to be fit on time to play with Germany at the European Championships, which have since been postponed for a year due to the Coronavirus.

In a recent interview (kicker), Süle revealed that the pause in play due to the pandemic has eased the pressure on his comeback, and he’ll now be able to focus on taking the proper amount of time before making a full return.

Now, Süle is less worried about the amount of matches he would’ve had to have played to be fully match fit for contention to be in Joachim Low’s Die Mannschaft squad for the Euros:

[I’m benefiting from the break]...because I simply no longer have this pressure to play three, four, or five games to go to the Euros. Now it’s obviously a clear advantage that I have a whole year until the Euros.

Impressively, Sule also made a point of saying that at no point during the recovery process, did the medical staff see his knee become swollen or aggravated, which often times happens when a player recovers from a cruciate ligament tear. “Our medical department has also rarely seen a knee not react at all,” he said when he was asked about how his affected knee was responding to the progressive workload throughout the recovery process.

Despite having done so well throughout the whole recovery process, Sule still has some work to do before he can get back to full swing. He had just resumed running on the pitch at full pace and doing ball work last month and he aims to resume full team training by the end of this month, even with the strict social distancing guidelines in place. Even after that, he said he will “definitely will need another three or four weeks to get used to the pace and the workload and to get to where I see myself. I think that I’ll soon be able to attack again.”

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