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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma suffered a serious knee injury in a game against Manchester United in February 2016 that kept him out of action for so long.
Zouma who was just 21 at the time had fought his way into the Chelsea first team and was already a key player at the club, but the injury made him miss football for a year.
It was a long recovery process for Zouma who had to go out on loan to Stoke City and Everton, the past two campaigns. Zouma then impressed at the Toffees, and it was enough for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to demand he remain at the club.
Zouma has now revealed that it was a dark part of his life, and no one understands what he went through during the time he was injured.
He said: “It has been a very, very long journey. I don’t want to talk about that now because that is the past but I fought very hard.
“People don’t know, people don’t see but I was in the shadow, working hard to get back because I had a very, very bad injury. I was off for one year but people forget that and don’t see. But me, I always believed in myself.
“My family was always there behind me, supporting me and now I am back here, I am very happy to play here. I just want to keep going.”