Aaron Cresswell did not have the 2016-17 season he wanted. And part of the reason why he could not duplicate his fine displays of the 2015-16 in the proceeding campaign was an unfortunate preseason injury he suffered last summer.
The West Ham left back talked to WHUFC.com about that difficult moment that forced him out for the first three months of this past season, leading to a down campaign for him. It came at the hands of an awful tackle by Karlsruher SC midfielder Grischa Promel that left Winston Reid angry at the player responsible for the ridiculous challenge.
Here is a look at it for those who didn’t see it:
Obviously, Cresswell hopes nothing like that happens again to him this month.
“Going back to Austria, I will have a few nightmares on the plane!” he said to the West Ham website. “But you learn to live with things like injuries in football and just get on with it. To be honest, I have had a good run of it when it comes to injuries, as I’m 26 now and that problem I had last year was the longest I have ever been out of action.
“I’ve never had any major injuries or operations and, touch wood, that will continue next season and beyond.”
Cresswell will join the team on July 10, when preseason training in Austria begins for the Hammers.