How altitude chambers, anti-gravity treadmills and dogged determination helped Andriy Yarmolenko recover from serious injury to become one of the Premier League’s star players…
Andriy Yarmolenko is lighting up the Premier League and has been instrumental in West Ham’s rise to fifth in the table.
His manager, Manuel Pellegrini, described him as a “special player” after he followed goals against Norwich and Manchester United with a classy finish against Bournemouth last weekend. “He’s carrying us at times,” said team-mate Ryan Fredericks, who plays behind him on the right flank.
But this fine form has been hard fought for.
A little under 12 months ago, Yarmolenko, 29, suffered a ruptured Achilles as he tried to make a turn against Tottenham. It’s a rare but serious injury for a footballer. For Yarmolenko it was a cruel blow. Just a couple of months after a high-profile move to West Ham and the Premier League he was facing months on the sidelines.
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Here, with the help of Richard Collinge, Head of Medical at West Ham, we tell the story of Yarmolenko’s long battle back to fitness…
“I think you know straight away when someone goes down with an injury like that, that it’s a nasty one. As soon as we got on the pitch we knew he was in a great deal of discomfort and the player, in that scenario, is in a great deal of shock.”
While Yarmolenko clutched at his right leg, the expression on the face of his team-mates underlined the seriousness of the injury, even before Collinge and his medical team arrived on the scene.