Yoga, Jeeps and a good pillow: Injured Rodwell reveals his secrets on road to recovery at Man City
16:07 GMT, 17 January 2013
16:10 GMT, 17 January 2013
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has admitted to making changes to his lifestyle – including using a different pillow – in his bid to win back full fitness.
City boss Roberto Mancini admitted he was ‘worried’ about the former Everton star after he suffered his eighth hamstring injury since the start of last season whilst playing for the England Under-21s in October.
Rodwell has recently returned to training and is hoping to make an impact for City after making just six appearances since his 12million summer switch from Goodison Park.
Hopeful: Jack Rodwell hopes that the small changes in lifestyle will have an impact on his fitness
‘You have to rule everything out. I have changed my pillow and other silly stuff, but that’s part and parcel of being a footballer,’ said Rodwell.
‘I changed my car completely – I was in a sports car and changed to a Jeep which is more stable for the back and doesn’t put too much stress on it.
‘I am also about 10 minutes drive from training now so I don’t spend a lot of time in the car. I used to feel a little bit stiff. I moved so I don’t have to drive for too long to get there in the morning.
‘I have also started doing yoga. A lot of people said the same happened for Ryan Giggs, that throughout his youth he got a lot of hamstrings. He started yoga, and so have I. I am just trying to do everything right.’
Rodwell, who hasn’t played for City since the beginning of October, added: ‘It’s been frustrating for me as I’ve been injured a lot but, hopefully, I can get more fitness and get time on the pitch. I’m back in training now, so I’m positive.
‘When you sign for a new club you just want to play and when injury stops you it is frustrating. You can’t be negative – I’m through it now and have the second half of the season to look forward to.’