Thomas Vermaelen has undergone a procedure to recover form his Achilles injury that has kept him out of competitive football since September last year.
Arsene Wenger answered a few questions regarding Vermaelen’s situation on Thursday.
When asked about the treatment that Vermaelen has undergone, Wenger replied that it wasnt a real surgery but a procedure. A tendon called the Plantaris tendon, that lies next to the Achilles tendon was cut off. Wenger said that it’s a strucuture that is very rarely injured and most people don’t even have it that was causing the discomfort.
Wenger further added that it was a very light procedure and Vermaelen is even walking now. As for his return, Wenger said that if all goes well he will back in six weeks.
When asked about the time frame, Wenger confirmed that six weeks is for him to return competitively of which two weeks are without training and four weeks for preparation.
When asked about why Sweden was chosen for the procedure, Wenger said that the medical team sought out the best opinions and with only two specialist available in Europe for this problem, it was decided by the medical staff to do it in Sweden.
When asked about the people if they were the best available, Wenger answered that’s what they have tried to do and hopefully this procedure will cure the problem, which has taken so long to be diagnosed in the first place.
Wenger’s reply to the questions (source Arsenal.com):
What treatment has Thomas Vermaelen undergone?
“It was not a real surgery, it is what you call a procedure. I am not a medical specialist but what they took off is what you call the plantaris tendon. This is a structure that is very rarely injured and they tell me many people do not have one at all. It’s a little tendon next to the Achilles tendon where he had the friction.”
And apparently he was not even knocked out…
“No. It is a very light one, he is walking today. The time to be back, if all goes well, they tell me is six weeks. A bit more, a bit less I don’t know. But I count six weeks. ”
Is that six weeks to get back to full training?
“To be back competitively. Two weeks without training and four weeks preparation.”
Why did you choose Sweden for the procedure?
“Because the medical team sought out the best opinions and found two specialists for that kind of problem in Europe. In the end our medical team decided to do it in Sweden. ”
So they were the best people in the world then?
“That’s what we tried to do. We were a bit speechless because you never find any problems with Achilles and the pain is still there. At some stage we had to find out, so we are hopeful this procedure can solve his problems now.”