Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mauricio Affonso believes he is making positive strides in the right direction on his road to recovery having been ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery on his groin.
Affonso, who joined Sundowns from Peruvian giants Alianza Lima at the beginning of the season, had been battling with injuries throughout the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign.
The 28-year-old has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, netting six goals prior to being sidelined and he is currently in quarantine in his native Uruguay, where his rehabilitation work is currently being conducted at home as he continues to follow the Uruguay Government’s enforced guidelines, which were implemented following the outbreak of coronavirus.
“I left as soon as I started finding some form, I scored the goals in the Telkom Cup but was then frustrated with this persistent groin issue I had been carrying,” Affonso told the club’s website – www.Sundownsfc.com.
“That is why after speaking with the club and coach, we decided it best for me to have the operation and return for pre-season and give the upcoming campaign my all.
“It’s tough as a player when you get injured, especially when you join a club and have a lot to prove. It takes time to adjust to a new playing style and settle into the club, I was getting there and then this happened,” he added.
The football season across most countries in the world including South Africa has come to a halt with the government stating that sport will only be allowed to resume until it is safe to do so.
Affonso is in regular contact with Downs’ medical team to continue his rehabilitation programme and admits that it is a setback to sustain an injury shorty after joining a new club.
“I tend to still wake up relatively early. I then do the prescribed physiotherapy to strengthen the groin and problematic areas.
“It’s tough as a player when you get injured, especially when you join a club and have a lot to prove. It takes time to adjust to a new playing style and settle into the club, I was getting there and then this happened.
“The club, coach, and doctors have all been great, I am two months post operation and am recovering well. I know I will come back stronger and repay the faith they have shown in me.
“I want to continue doing the rehab work, so that I can get back doing what I love the most, playing football,” concluded the Uruguayan star.
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By FARPost Reporter