Leeds United defender Robin Koch explains that injuries have held him back from showing his best form since signing for the club.
The German first picked up a meniscus issue on the opening day against Liverpool, and played with pain in every game since – up until his recent four-month spell on the sidelines.
Koch spoke about how his training was negatively impacted due to the injury and explained that he is yet to play a game at 100% fitness for Leeds.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “It was up and down. After the first game it was quite painful, then we did the scan and saw a tear in my meniscus.
“Sometimes you can play with this injury, it depends on the pain. The risk of the tear getting bigger was there but in the week it felt better.
“From game to game it was different, sometimes I could train normally, sometimes I could train only once or twice, but in the game it was okay.
“Of course I’d love to play at 100% fit but in the game you’re trying to focus and sometimes with pain you don’t feel it until you get into the locker room.
“We all knew that sooner or later we’d have to fix it. Against Chelsea was the point where there was no possibility to play any more games, so we had to do the surgery.”
More to come
Raphinha is the biggest success of our major summer signings but he is also the only one to stay injury-free.
Koch, Rodrigo and Diego Llorente have all proven their quality at times and hinted at becoming key players for us.
The two centre-backs, in particular, are showing promise, and hopefully Koch’s biggest issues are behind him.
Llorente has certainly started to show how good he can be in recent weeks and it would be great to see Koch partner him before the season is over.
The latter has a pass accuracy of 87% pass accuracy – the best of our defenders, per WhoScored – so he arguably fits our style of play more than his teammates.
If Koch is able to combine that with greater intensity we could have a real player on our hands, and prove why he was signed for an estimated £13million [Goal].
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