As Monday morning is nearing its end, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson’s Big Moment has arrived. Just seconds after leaving the changing rooms, Sigthórsson presses his studs into the turf at the Ajax Academy again, for the first time in five months. The long-awaited, first practice session is about to begin.
The message on Ajax.nl featuring Sigthórsson on 5 October 2011 was less uplifting. ‘Kolbeinn Sigthórsson will be out until at least the winter break. On examination of his injured right ankle, a ‘fatigue injury’ was found.’
Shortly after October fifth it became clear that the attacker would need more time to recover. The recovery process took place mostly away from the cameras. Sigthórsson worked on his comeback daily (primarily) in the Academy’s gym and fitness centre.
His first steps outdoors, in tracksuit and under the guidance of physiotherapist Pim van Dord, clearly agreed with the Icelandic Ajax player. After his first recovery practice ‘outdoors’ Sigthórsson confirms that impression. ,,It felt great to practice outside again’’, Sigthórsson reflects on his first session with Ajax physio Van Dord. Both player and physiotherapist have been at it for almost forty five minutes. After the warming-up Van Dord also used the ball. Sigthórsson’s last contact with the ball had been during the FC Groningen – Ajax match (in which he sustained his injury) and he visibly enjoyed having the ball at his feet again on this day, which was sunny in more respects than one. ,,The ball felt good again. Now I must take the final steps towards full recovery. Luckily things are looking good now.’’
Sigthórsson realises he still badly needs a number of individual training sessions. If he then gets through group practice unscathed, he will finally be able to make his real comeback on Ajax’ first team. These are the ‘final steps’ he needs to take. ,,To be honest, I expect to be playing on the Ajax Reserves first. We shall see how things go from there. That’s why I can’t give you a date for my comeback. I simply want to play again as soon as possible.’’
Whether and how often the attacker will be able to contribute to this decisive stage of the season, remains to be seen. ,,If things continue the way they are, it could be a good season’’, Sigthórsson says with a big smile, referring to Ajax’ chances for the title. The Amsterdam squad positioned themselves in second place in the Eredivisie last weekend. ,,One of the hardest things about being injured, is having to look on. Once I am fit again, I hope to help the team. As I said: I hope to join them again as quickly as possible. But I can’t give you a date or a match yet.’’
Watch the extensive interview with Kolbeinn Sigthórsson on Ajax TV tonight. He also looks back on the difficult months of recovery.