Following his career in Arsenal, Thomas Vermaelen is hoping to make his Barcelona debut in April, nine months after joining the club. Vermaelen signed from Arsenal for a reported £15 million last summer, but he could not make his appearance on the pitch for an injury problem.
He has been sidelined for suffered from a hamstring injury since completing his switch to the Catalan giants and his last competitive game came in the World Cup for Belgium. And recently, the former Gunners skipper has taken to Facebook to officially announce that his injury nightmare is finally coming to an end.
“I want to thank the club and the medical staff for the work they have done. In two weeks I will return stronger,” Vermaelen said via his Facebook account. Furthermore, he wrote that he is so happy to be back running. “It’s great to be back training outdoors instead of in the gym,” and he hopes that he will return stronger than before.
Vermaelen also explained that the injury was relatively minor and that it was only in his medication at Barcelona that the full extent of it became clear. He sustained the injury at the World Cup and the hospital in Brazil stated that he would only be sidelined for 10 days. And Barca noticed the injury during the medical test. The 29-years-old looked set to make his first-team bow later in September, but continued to suffer from his injury.
During the medication, the center-back was given two options, to undergo surgery, which was not necessary, or to do specific exercise to strengthen the injured area. He initially opted for the latter, but, in the end, it did not work out and he finally underwent surgery on November 2014 and have followed recovery program set by the surgeon.
And currently, he was targeting a return to action next month, in April. Although he still not been able to play in an official game with Barca, his participation during training session was one of the important moment during his career. He is edging closer to making his Barcelona debut after returning to training. However, there is no time table which has been set to Vermaelen’s return to first-team action.
The Belgian took part in training with Xavi Hernandez, Luis Suarez, Jeremy Mathieu, Adriano, Martin Montoya, Douglas, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Masip, with the bulk of the squad away with their national teams for the international break.
“The main novelty at the training session was Thomas Vermaelen,” said Barca on its official website. “The Belgian defender was able to complete part of training with the rest of the group,” they added.