Rob Holding has praised ‘one of a kind’ Hector Bellerin, and he says the right-back’s help made his recovery from injury much easier.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rob Holding of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team’s second goal of the game during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin have recently returned to the pitch after respective absences of over eight months from competitive first-team football. The duo both had to undergo ACL surgery in late 2018/early 2019, and for a large part of the process, they’ve recovered and rehabilitated together.

Their returns to the senior action have gone well so far, with Bellerin making one start and one substitute appearance, providing an assist against Nottingham Forest. Holding has played 90 minutes in two matches, scoring in that same Forest game.

Speaking in a Reddit AMA, Holding didn’t hold back in his praise for his teammate.

“Hector is one of a kind and you have to love him for that,” Holding wrote. “He stands up for what he believes in and you can’t argue with that. He’s a great teammate and a great human being who is fighting for change.

“Me and Hector have been on a long journey, and being able to do it together has made the process easier. [We] could compare how our knees were feeling and what reaction we would get from our rehab.

“This helped put our minds at ease if the other person had had similar experiences.”

Photo via Instagram / HectorBellerin
Photo via Instagram / HectorBellerin

It’s not exactly a surprise to hear positive comments about Bellerin’s character from a member of the Arsenal squad. After all, the Spaniard’s teammates have just voted him into the club captaincy, taking the third position in the captain hierarchy.

At 24 years old with just under four years left on his current Arsenal contract, it seems pretty likely Bellerin will end up pulling on the armband as the number one captain sooner or later. His club colleagues certainly all seem happy to have him around.