Injuries are just about the worst thing that can happen to a professional footballer in their careers. They’re often unexpected, soul-crushing and require a long time to get over. And unfortunately for Nathaniel Chalobah, that has happened far more often than he could have imagined.
The Watford midfielder was considered one of Chelsea’s brightest young prospects but has seen his career blighted by injuries and setbacks, and suffered a horrific knee injury at the start of the 2017/2018 campaign that saw his season virtually wiped out entirely.
But after making his return to football this campaign, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to post a video of the long and arduous journey of his long-awaited comeback.
The response was understandably met with a wave of strong supportive messages, including from his club captain Troy Deeney, who urged him to keep working hard.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who was teammates with Chalobah during their days at Stamford Bridge, also sent his love to the England international.
The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro Obiang and Marco van Ginkel amongst others added to the wave of feel-good messages sent Chalobah’s way.
Having now made his return to first-team football this season, the midfielder will be hoping that he has put away the worst of his injury nightmares behind him and can concentrate instead on his efforts on the pitch.