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Declan Rice mentions Jurrien Timber and gives important reason why footballers are frequently injured

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has explained why players like Jurrien Timber and others are frequently injured

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Arsenal have faced a challenging season marked by injuries to key players, impacting the team’s overall performance and Declan Rice has shared his perspective on the recurring injuries affecting his teammates.

The Gunners suffered a blow on the opening day of the season when summer signing Jurrien Timber suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury against Nottingham Forest in August. Timber, who is yet to return to action, adds to the list of casualties that have plagued Arsenal throughout the season. Notable names on the injury list include Thomas Partey, Fabio Vieira, Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and even Gabriel Jesus.

Despite facing minor injuries in recent weeks, Declan Rice has managed to maintain his fitness and contribute consistently to Arsenal this season, having not missed a single game due to injury. 

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In an interview with the official Arsenal website, Rice shared his approach to staying fit and offered insights into the unpredictable nature of injuries in football.

Jurrien Timber injured his knee on the opening day of the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

“There’s no secret, I just stay on top of my recovery,” Rice explained. “I train when I have to train, I play pretty much every game and get treatment when I can and eat the right foods. I’ve been lucky but also I do the right things as well so they go hand in hand.”

Acknowledging the element of luck involved, Rice pointed out the unfortunate case of Jurrien Timber, who sustained a significant injury despite not having a history of such setbacks. “Some people that get injured are really unlucky. We had Timber at the start of the season who had never been injured and then did his knee. Those things you can’t account for and it can happen at any time. I know that because I’m in the game. I’m just trying to stay fit and do everything I can to play as many matches as possible.”

When asked about the impact of manager Mikel Arteta on his game, Rice speaks of Arteta’s passionate and hands-on approach. “What you see on the touchline is what you get day to day here. He wears his heart on his sleeve and plays the game with us. He wants us to be the best we can be, demands a lot, and I think you want that. It makes you hungry to go out there, want to win and want to learn.”

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