Hal Robson-Kanu is back in the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion.
However, Slaven Bilic’s side have suffered another setback, after the club confirmed the 31-year-old striker sustained a broken arm in Sunday’s defeat at Southampton.
But the 44-cap Wales international is no stranger to overcoming adversity.
In fact, his career was almost over before it had even begun.
As a teenager, Robson-Kanu was on the receiving end of a potential career-ending challenge, injuring his cruciate knee ligament in the process.
After a series of operations, he was told by doctors that his chances of recovery were remote.
He soon grew tired of sitting on the sidelines and decided to do something about it, which in turn inspired him to start his own business.
Robson-Kanu spoke exclusively to Football FanCast about his latest venture in a wide-ranging interview.
“I was looking for a natural remedy to help with my recovery. Nothing seemed to work and believe me when I say we tried everything!
“So, my dad and I invested a lot of time and energy into researching different ways which would improve my recovery as well as reducing any aches, pains and swellings from the surgeries I had as a teenager.
“From my personal experience, I can tell you that turmeric aided my recovery and helped to dramatically reduce the pain I was experiencing at the time.
“I can honestly say that it saved my career!”
Robson-Kanu soon returned to action, and has gone on to score more than 50 goals for Reading and West Brom combined.
He established The Turmeric Co. in 2018, which offers a range of natural health shots to help with recovery.
His work would become a welcome distraction when West Brom’s push for promotion was brought to a dramatic halt. However, some of his teammates weren’t quite so lucky…
“We were away from football for quite a long period of time. Fortunately, I also run a business so I had quite a lot going on, but I know some of my teammates struggled like a lot of other people did during the lockdown.
“I think this time has taught everyone that it is really important to maintain your fitness levels. If you look at Joe Wicks, what he did was fantastic, and my family actually joined in with a few of his workouts.”
Robson-Kanu gave us an insight into the work his company has carried out during the pandemic.
Business has blossomed, as his shots now find themselves stocked in shops such as Whole Foods and Planet Organic, whilst website traffic has never been higher.
But he also organised shots for NHS staff and sent supplies to hospitals which were put under increasing pressure by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We worked with the NHS during the height of the pandemic, where we delivered care packages to NHS staff. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and they really enjoyed them as they worked incredibly long hours. From that perspective, it was fantastic that we could contribute in such a way.
“In terms of clubs, we supply thousands of athletes who use our products on a daily basis, but we also supply a number of Premier League clubs, Championship clubs and several rugby teams as well.
“So it’s great that these individuals are taking their health really seriously and looking at natural options like our range to support their careers.”
As you might expect, his company are actively encouraging people to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. He went on to explain why natural nutrition is key.
“We are massive advocates of natural nutrition and that’s the basis of our range. We only use natural fresh products in every single shot.
“I think it’s important to understand the impact that nutrition actually has on your life as we live in an age now where information is very easily accessible.
“It’s certainly one of the reasons why we have seen such tremendous growth in the business.
“People are not only starting to take their health more seriously but beginning to have an interest in natural nutrition as a way of supporting their wellbeing as well.”
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, with seemingly no end in sight, fans have grown accustomed to seeing top-level football being played in empty stadiums.
Robson-Kanu shed some light on what it is like playing behind closed doors.
“It is definitely different, it’s certainly not the same as playing in front of fans, and I think it makes you realise the importance of fans within sports in general. But, as a professional athlete, you just have to get on with it.
“The Hawthorns is a great stadium but it’s so much better when it is full.
“Although we have embraced the start of the season, we are definitely looking forward to fans being back in the stands and I certainly think the sooner it happens, the better.”
He also revealed his favourite goal for the Baggies. The striker memorably scored a 20-yard screamer as West Brom came from behind to beat Southampton back in 2016.
“My goal against Southampton is definitely my favourite so far, as it was an away game, it was a winning goal, Virgil van Djik was playing, and I ran past him and ended up putting the ball into the top corner!”
Check out the Turmeric Co.’s official website for more information.