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Onel Hernandez on keeping positive during coronavirus pandemic

27 March 2020

Norwich City midfielder Onel Hernandez is keeping optimistic amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Cuban winger suffered a knee injury a few weeks ago and had an operation before commencing rehabilitation. Speaking on his progress, Hernandez says he’s feeling better already.

“Firstly, I’m still in rehab because I was injured, but I feel like it’s already better. I had a lot of rehab in the last few weeks, I was going to the training ground, training everyday with Damian [Bowyer], Chris [Burton, club physiotherapists] or some of the rehab coaches for my comeback.

“I feel very good. It means for me in this time we have off, if the season continues, I could be available for the last games we have.

“On Friday or Saturday, they said we have to say home, and now I can’t go [to the Lotus Training Centre], because it’s a risk for the physios, everyone. Us rehab players have to work from home.

“They gave us plans and we have to do most things from home or do stuff in the garden. I think we’re only allowed to be out of the house one time a day.

“At the moment for me, running isn’t really my focus, it’s more like to build my muscle back a little bit and put some weights on to see how my knee works. In the next week, that’s my focus before I start to run.”

Painting a positive message away from the absence of football, Hernandez said it’s time to worry about health now, football later.

“Of course, we have to stay positive. We all miss the football, for sure, I don’t know what to do without football! It’s hard.

“I think sometimes in this situation, there’s other important things like family, grandparents, stuff like that who we have to be very careful about.

“I think in this time everyone has to care about their families and themselves, staying at home, but still looking forward because one day this will be gone and we will have better times again and we can focus all on football.”

Despite training from home exclusively, Hernandez admits it's nice to have more time on-hand to spend with his family through this period.

“At the moment, I have a lot of time with my fiancé and daughter. Everyday it’s a new smile, a new situation with her where she rolls around, I love it.

“I get a lot of sleep, because she’s very good. Sometimes she had nights where she would wake up five, six, seven times but I’m very lucky because I don’t have to feed her!

“I try to support my fiancé as much as I can, it’s hard for her. She does very well that’s why I’m happy with it. It’s a new time, because I spend a lot of time here.

“Before I didn’t have a lot of time, I was busy with training and stuff like that. I have a lot of time with them now, it’s lovely."


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