Marash Kumbulla discusses recovery from ACL injury, Europa League final and more

Andy Mattioli

Roma defender Marash Kumbulla shared an update on his recovery from an ACL injury.

Earlier in the year, Kumbulla injured his ACL in the match against Milan at the Stadio Olimpico, thus missing the entire final stretch of the season including the Europa league final in Budapest which he attended in the stands.

In a recent interview with Il Messaggero, Kumbulla discussed his recovery, the difficulties he encountered since joining Roma in 2020 and the disappointment that followed the Europa League final defeat.

“Budapest was a cursed night for us. Lots of bad luck, episodes that didn’t go our way, other things that didn’t go well. Now we have to start again, but if we have to do it, let’s start again from Tirana, from good memories and success, not from disappointments,” said the Albanian centreback.

“I haven’t been very lucky after I left Hellas Verona, as confirmed by this latest injury. I had some difficulties but thanks to these I improved and became stronger also from a personality standpoint.”

“Last season the injury happened at the worst of times. I had scored the goal against Real Sociedad, Mourinho was trusting me to start… I can’t think about it.”

“My hope is to become available before the end of the year,” he added. “The whole team was wonderful to me. After undergoing surgery my teammates were helping me put on socks and shoes. Especially Spinazzola, Karsdorp and Bove.”

“Mourinho strengthened me in terms of personality and competitiveness. If I were to describe in three adjectives, I’d say: decisive, aggressive and charismatic.”

“Aouar has impressed me a lot since he arrived,” said Kumbulla of Roma’s new signing. “He is a very technical player, I think he will give us a big hand. And then Ndicka, I spoke to him the other day. He’s better physically and if he’s fine he’s a great player.”

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