Date: 15th December 2016 at 6:50am
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Full back Carl Jenkinson has been speaking about his experience of spending so long on the sidelines following his cruciate knee ligament injury.

The England right back spent nine months on the sidelines prior to making his return in October’s League Cup victory over Reading and with endless rumours linking him with another loan spell out away from Arsenal this year – wide spread media reports suggesting Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce is interested in taking him on loan in the New Year – Click Here – whilst Jenkinson doesn’t address his future in that front, he did look back to the time out injured and his hopes for pitch time moving forward.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the club’s in house media this week, the 24 year old agreed with Arsene Wenger’s earlier assessment that being out injured for a player ‘feels endless’.

‘Being patient is not a typical trait of a footballer because we all just want to be out there playing football. We`ll do anything we can to get out there quicker. You do have to be realistic and sometimes you need people around you to just wind your neck in a bit to be a bit more realistic.’

He went on to echo Wenger’s thoughts about a spell on the sidelines and explained.

‘At times it did feel like it was endless and it was a long old slog getting back to fitness, but it`s all an experience and all part of a footballer`s career. You have to get on with these things because there`s no point moping around or sulking. It won`t help you or the people around you, you want to be as positive as you can, not only for yourself but also for the lads around you that you see every day. It was a difficult time but I`ve taken a lot from it and I`d like to think that it`ll stand me in good stead for the future.’

Asked the obvious question of whether he became frustrated through the period – of course it did.

‘Did it frustrate me? Massively because you`re watching and thinking, ‘That should be me out there` but instead you`re sat there because you can`t run or do what you love doing. It`s very frustrating being injured but there`s people out there who have had it a lot worse than me, who have had a lot worse injuries than me so I`m lucky.’

Having made his return to the first team pitch in the two nil Reading victory, Jenkinson has now made a total of five appearances for the club since then – albeit the last coming in the game at the end of November against Southampton.

‘I`m fortunate to have come back. I feel fine and my knee`s not giving me any problems. I`m fit and well. It`s probably not the worst injury I`ll ever have. When I have another one then I`ll just have to deal with it, it`s just part of being a footballer. You just have to get on with things. That`s what I`ve tried to do and that`s what I`ll always try to do.’

Whatever happens in January with speculation starting to rise given his spells and performances out with West Ham prior to injury, if he does go out on loan again hopefully he’ll get the game time he needs to help him play catch up and get back to the level he was at and we should certainly have some competition in the full back area then.

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