Timm Klose has reflected on the moment he realised he would miss a bulk of the 2019-20 Premier League season in an exclusive interview with our matchday programme, OTBC.
Klose damaged knee ligaments in Norwich City's Carabao Cup defeat to Crawley Town almost a year ago but the lockdown came, strangely, at a good time for the Swiss international.
The extra time-off allowed him to fully recover and he's only missed one of City's fixtures after the suspension of the season.
"Of course, you dwell on it for about a week but then you have to look forward and not think about it anymore," said Klose.
"I did the right thing by getting it out of my head as fast as possible. Obviously, I wanted to help the team but sometimes it is what it is, that’s football.
"You have injuries, sometimes they are long, sometimes they are not long. You have to accept it and move forward. The way I’ve fought back to now, that’s also an achievement. I’m actually grateful for times like this when you can even learn a little bit more than normal. You build a strong personality again.
"The learning curve is never over, doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 32. It’s always there. Of course, I was angry in the first one/two weeks but after then I was looking forward to working on my weaknesses and getting ready to get going again."
You can read more insight from Klose, including his aims for the next few seasons in the West Ham United edition of OTBC.