Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand hasn’t had the best of seasons in the Premier League campaign of 2018/19, as with the club struggling as a whole once again, he had his own injury issues to contend with.
Having picked up a problem back in November, the 29-year-old fullback spent a number of months of the sidelines as the injury took longer than anticipated to clear up, but having returned to action in February, he’s now a mainstay in the side under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
With preparations continuing this week for Friday’s clash with Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium, the former England man opened up about his spell on the sidelines and he revealed that he’d made a specific request to our new gaffer, to try and help him better hit the ground running when he was passed fit.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, he explained.
“The healing process was the main frustration because I was waiting for the wound to heal which was taking a little bit longer than previously thought. That was the only thing that was frustrating, but as soon as I got back I felt good. I actually asked for the videos. I said to him that whilst I’m away and not participating in the daily meetings, because of a different schedule, I’d like to get some footage on his style of play and his expectations. I wanted to start mentally processing it and it worked well. It was a new manager and a new regime, and I love learning.”
A small request maybe and probably not uncommon, but nice to see Bertrand take the initiative here as he looked to get back up to speed. Now we just hope for a good result as we continue our battle against the drop.