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Injured Martínez in upbeat spirits

Just under two weeks after surgery in Vail, Colorado to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament, Javi Martínez has arrived back in Munich. On Monday, the eve of his 26th birthday, the Spain international returned to the Bavarian capital and immediately commenced a sports rehab programme. “I’m feeling good and I’m taking a positive approach. The knee’s feeling a little better every day,” Martínez informed In the immediate aftermath of the op “I wasn’t completely feeling myself for two days,” the player reported, “but now I sense the knee responding to the operation.”

Three weeks have passed since Martínez tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund. The operation performed by knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in the USA was declared a success, and the Spain defender now has two key priorities after returning to Munich: lots of hard work, and even greater patience. It will be several months before the world and European champion can contemplate playing for Bayern again.

Martínez in fact began the first stage of sports rehab on the day after the op: minor exercise to re-mobilise the knee joint, stretching, and plenty of cooling for the operated area. A return to the playing field is currently a distant prospect for the Spaniard, but he is hoping to work on his general fitness over the next few weeks. “I’m severely restricted in terms of movement at the moment, so I have to be even more careful to eat the right things,” commented Martínez, who is also keen to start upper body training as soon as possible.

The example of team-mate Holger Badstuber is an inspiration to Martínez as he sets out on the long road back to full fitness. The Germany defender was out for some 20 months after two cruciate ligament injuries, but made his competitive comeback two weeks ago and is well on track to recover peak form. “I’ve been given plenty of valuable tips by Holger and a number of friends who had the same injury,” reported Martínez. The recovered victims were unanimous about one thing: “The most important factor in your recovery is the right attitude and mental strength.” Vamos Javi, and best of luck!