Injuries have made me stronger – Twente newbie Ebuehi

New Twente signing Tyronne Ebuehi is philosophical about the rash of injuries that has curtailed his progress for two years.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Dutch side last weekend on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants Benfica, suffered a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament after the 2018 World Cup. This ruled him out for over a year, and he has since been in a struggle to return to playing the sport he loves.

Speaking with local Dutch broadcaster 1Twente, Ebuehi was full of smiles. “I can finally play football again,” he said. “I had a lot of injuries at Benfica, a serious injury after the World Cup when I just came in. I went there with beautiful dreams and a good feeling, but it did not go how I wanted.

“But I am still really positive about it. It has made me stronger, not only as a football player, but also as a person. I now know how to treat my body better.”

Ebuehi also expressed his gratitude to Twente for the opportunity, and hailed the role manager Ron Jans played in his decision to ultimately move to Enschede. “The most important thing for me is to play as many minutes as possible. I want to get fit and show everyone.

“Since the coronavirus break I have done quite a lot on my own to be as fit as possible. I am grateful to FC Twente for getting this chance from them. I want to help FC Twente as much as possible.

“That (speaking with Ron Jans) certainly had an influence. I know him from his time at PEC Zwolle. I have heard many good stories about him from other players. That certainly influenced my choice.”

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