In an instant, everything I worked for was lost

Wednesday, April 07, 2021 16:23

The extremely unfortunate injury of Zsolt Kalmár breaks a remarkably successful season in half, the European Championship candidate, the Slovak goal-scoring midfielder, still tries to stay positive.

Zsolt Kalmár is an amazingly unfortunate football player. After falling short of the Hungarian national team’s 2016 European Championship performance, four years later – despite being a key player in the team’s exit – he will not be there with the team again at the European Championships because he suffered a serious knee injury at the Andorra World Cup qualifiers.

“Either this week or early next week, my knee will be operated on,” the DAC midfielder sighed. “Then the patience game, i.e. rehabilitation, begins, while the boys are already preparing for the European Championships,” he added sadly.

It could have been a year of breakthrough

Zsolti Kalmár is running an amazingly strong season, with the DAC he is fighting for the Slovak championship title, and with the Hungarian national team he not only fought for the European Championship participation, but also reached the elite group in the League of Nations and started the World Cup qualifiers well. Let’s add that he leads the Fortuna League scoreboard as a midfielder and has also contributed important goals to the team’s performance in the national team – including the European Championship qualifier in Bulgaria.

“Everything I worked for so hard was destroyed in an instant. My goal was to be a champion with the DAC, I would be the Slovak goal scorer, and at the European Championships I would provide a performance that would allow me to test myself in a stronger league. I can say goodbye to that now. ”

“A few days after my injury, I spent trying to process the situation and now I see the near future more positively. But it wasn’t easy as I put a lot of work into this season and I feel like I managed to do well. Unfortunately, injury is always in the game, but for me it came at a very bad time now. ”

“I was forced to accept the situation and now I’m just focusing on getting the rehabilitation going as well as possible. I shouldn’t think of anything else, I can’t change the current situation anyway. “

The cursed knees of Dunaszerdahely

Kalmár is not the only player of the Dunaszerdahely team who suffered a serious knee injury, and it is even more spooky that the three Hungarian national teams of the team decided to have a knee injury. In addition to the DAC team captain, András Schäfer also fell, and Máté Vida slowly suffered a serious knee injury a year ago, from which he has been recovering ever since.

“Matthew called right after the game in Andorra and said how he felt when his knee band was torn.”I also calmed down a bit because the situation was different for me, and then the next day the detailed examination revealed that unfortunately I also had a rupture, although fortunately not the front but the side band was damaged. “It also means a roughly six-month omission for me, but the damage to the front band would have been much worse.”

“The knee is different from the rest of the body. I missed it for quite a few months after my ankle fracture, but it was an easier healing injury, because while the bone is boiling, the tape is not or not well in my case. “

We talked to the doctors that if I was 35, I wouldn’t even have surgery, but I still want to play football for at least ten years, so I had to make this sacrifice, no matter how painful. ”

The national team midfielder will not only miss the European Championships, but also the beginning of the DAC’s almost certain European adventure. The qualifiers start in July, and Kalmar is optimistic that it could start full-fledged work in August.

“I don’t think about that yet, in any case, it wouldn’t be the last thing to return to an international cup match. But until then, I still have a lot of work to do, now I just want to focus on getting back in the best possible shape, healthy, and getting in shape as fast as I did after my ankle injury, ”Kalmár concluded.

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