HECTOR BELLERIN has revealed his injury rehab has been so painful he couldn’t walk – and that he is “scared” of another setback.
The Arsenal defender has been out since January with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.
That ruled him out for the rest of the campaign and now Bellerin has spoken of the agony he has gone through while fighting to get back for next season.
In a video on his YouTube channel recorded in February but posted this week, Bellerin said: “The other day I was sleeping without the cast.
“Sometimes when I sleep I just have to move my legs in a spasm.
“I had a spasm, woke up in the morning and had pain in the back of my knee.
“I went to rehab and told them but they said it’s normal.
“I’ve had surgery two weeks ago, so I thought nothing of it. So I thought nothing of it but this morning it was painful again.”
Opening up on his work with a physio, Bellerin added: “I did a very tough rehab today. When I got home, I stood up from the sofa and couldn’t even walk because of the pain.
“I’m a bit scared now that something has happened.”
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But Bellerin yesterday posted a photo of himself walking with one crutch on Twitter.
And he wrote: “One small step for man, one big step for Heccy.”
Relieved Arsenal fans wished him well, with one writing: “Nice to see your progress and can’t wait to see you back on the pitch for us.”
Another said: “Small progress is still progress.”