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Tshibola: "Injury was a learning curve"

19 May 2016

Royals midfielder discusses how much he learned whilst recovering during time on the sidelines

Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola has learned a lot from his time on the sidelines and is well on his way to a full recovery from an injury he picked up in the back end of January.

The 21-year-old returned to training with the squad in the closing weeks of the season and insisted, despite being disappointed to sustain the injury, he has learned a lot from the experience.
“The injury and the time on the sidelines was part of a learning curve for me,” Tish admitted. “I’m young and I’m always learning, but it was a shame to pick up the injury.

“It has been part of a learning process for me, I’ve been on the sidelines watching matches and learning the ins and outs of the game. It also teaches me how to do things differently in the future so I take it as a positive.”

Throughout his recovery, the Academy graduate feels the most important thing - hard work aside - was to keep a positive frame of mind. He was quick to praise the club staff and his teammates in this regard, saying that they were important in helping him get through a difficult spell.

“I’ve tried to show a really positive attitude throughout the injury and recovery,” commented the midfielder. “I’ve had the full backing from all the lads and medical staff which has helped me get through the period of time I’ve been out, and helped me not to dwell on the negatives.

“Some days it has been time in the gym on your own, but you are born alone and sometimes you have to work alone. Obviously it is a shame sometimes because you want to be with the lads and mingle with them when they’re training and stuff, but at the same time I know what I’ve got to do.

“If that means hours in the gym on my own then I know I’ve got to do that and I have done that,“ he continued. “It can only mean positive outcome at the end of it.”

Ahead of next season Tshibola has his mind trained on having a successful start to the preseason, which is a feeling reciprocated throughout the club.
“The main focus for me now is to keep ticking over and make sure I have a good preseason. Next season is a big one for myself and everyone at the club.

“It’s all positive now, I started training with the boys before they broke up, so I’m on route to being back on track when the rest of the boys are back in.

“The main thing for me now is to look forward and work hard for what is going to come in the future and to come back strong from preseason.”

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