Calum Chambers says he isn’t going to put a timeframe on his injury comeback, he just wants to take his time and recover properly.
Speaking to Arsenal this week, Calum Chambers gave an update on his injury situation. Thanks to the current situation with the pandemic, the defender is likely to be the only player still out when football finally returns.
Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney and Lucas Torreira all missed Arsenal’s last match with injury, with varying return dates between 14th March and 17th May. At this point, however, we won’t get any games until mid-June.
So that leaves Chambers as the sole remaining member in the treatment room. Thankfully, things are going well for him so far.
“The surgery went well and in term of recovery I’m just cracking on with what I can do at home,” Chambers said. “I am lucky enough to have some gym equipment here so I’ve been working on my strength in my leg, my knee and my quad.”
No injury return date just yet
The centre-back went on to add that he doesn’t have a specific plan in mind for a comeback at this stage.
“To be honest, [not putting a timeframe on my comeback] is one of the first things I said when I started the rehab. I don’t want to put a timescale on anything. I want to make sure it’s right, take my time on it and make sure I do it properly.
“In my head I haven’t even put a date on it, put a timescale on it, it’s just doing everything you can in the moment to get the best out of the situation.
“Hopefully, it all just builds and progresses from there. I’m just trying to get through different phases and different blocks as and when I can.”
That’s probably a good way to look at it, because ACL injuries can vary so wildly. Sometimes you just need the nine months to return to form, sometimes it can take well over a year. Just look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s slow reintegration into the Liverpool squad.
Even when you’re back, it takes time to return to your best. Arsenal fans know that all too well with Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding at that stage currently. There’s certainly no rush with football in its current state.