Youngster Kamaldeen Sulemana has opened up on the difficult moments he has had to endure in his time on the sidelines as a result of a back injury he suffered in February.
The 19 year old enterprising attacker picked up the injury two weeks before Ghana’s crucial 2022 World Cup play-off match against Nigeria and missed the double-header as the Black Stars booked a ticket to Qatar.
Initially expected to be back after two weeks, the former Right to Dream Academy graduate has suffered several setbacks, and still remains on the sidelines nearly 6 weeks after he picked up the injury.
He admits it has been a difficult moment for him, especially considering his brilliant start to the season in France after joining Stade Rennais.
“It’s difficult. There are up and downs. I’m happy when the team plays well and has results but it’s difficult not to take part and just watch games in front of the TV or just sitting in the stadium,” he told the Stade Rennais website.
“I’d like to be on the pitch and in the locker room doing what I know how to do and what I like to do. I cannot be satisfied. This is the first time I’ve been stopped for so long in my professional career.
“I didn’t have a problem when I was in Denmark. This injury has lasted longer than expected. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster.
“At the start of the injury, after two weeks, I felt good. I thought I could be back soon. You start running again, you come back to the field, and there you feel the pain. Then you work hard again, you do whatever it takes to come back and the pains come back again,” he said.
Sulemana has played 20 games for Rennais in Ligue 1 season, scoring four goals since joining from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland last summer.