Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs has shared his opinion about Aaron Ramsey’s injury struggles, saying he also thought about an early retirement when he was battling the same during his playing days.
Ramsey did not feature in the Europa League final for Arsenal, which would’ve been his last game for the London club as he readied himself for his Juventus move.
The Welshman suffered a hamstring injury during the Europa League quarter-final against Napoli on the 18th of April.
Giggs said, “I was about 28-years-old and similar to Aaron when I started all the yoga and a different diet,”
“As a professional, it takes a bit of time to know what your body can take. A lot of the time you are thinking, ‘I can get away with it’.
“The number of times my hamstring was a little bit tight and sometimes I got away with it and other times I didn’t. It’s that gamble.
“When there is a big game on a Saturday and you want to be part of it and your hamstring is a bit tight – it’s hard.
“Aaron has played a lot this season compared to other seasons leading up to his injury and each game seemed to be a big one.
“It’s easy to say to players you have to manage yourself. But when there is the carrot of a game like a Europa League knock-out stages or a game that you are going for the top four it’s not easy because footballers want to play. If you can get away with it then you go for it.
“Suddenly it hits home. I remember it was Bayern Munich away (November 2001) and I did my hamstring the night before the game.
“It was in the last two minutes of training. People might think it was an over-exaggeration but I kept missing big games.
“I seriously considered giving up because of the disappointment that I kept getting injured. I went back to my room and I thought I’ve had enough of this.
“It was only for half an hour! It was just the level of disappointment.”
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