Spanish playmaker Dani Ceballos has lifted the lid on his recent injury woes, revealing he thinks he pushed himself too hard and ‘played too many games’ under Unai Emery.
Ceballos joined Arsenal on loan at the start of the season and was one of few leading lights under the stewardship of Emery but has since seen his progress stalled by injury.
The 23-year-old injured his hamstring in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League which caused him to miss 11 games in all competitions.
During that time, he was absent for Freddie Ljungberg’s entire six game interim spell in charge and has only featured once under Mikel Arteta, a substitute appearance in the FA Cup against Bournemouth.
With the European Championships on the horizon and a spot in the Spain squad up for grabs, it had been rumoured that his loan spell could be cut short and he would move elsewhere.
However, that never materialised and Ceballos will now have to work his way back into Arteta’s plans, having been an unused substitute in five games under his compatriot.
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Now, in an interview with Spanish outlet MARCA, Ceballos has reflected on his fitness problems, explaining that he thinks his injury was a result of playing too many games.
“[It was] the toughest moment I’ve had as a professional,” he said. “It was the tendon and doctors told me it wasn’t common and I had to be careful.
“I’ve been going little-by-little I was afraid of it recurring. For 2-3 weeks I’ve been ok. I think I’d played too many games. It was 17 games in two months, I was the only player who’d played every game.
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