Gundogan: Returning to the national team was like 'a personal accolade'

Gundogan: Returning to the national team was like ‘a personal accolade’


The German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has stated that that overcoming his back injury to return to the Germany team was like winning a personal accolade.

Gundogan made his return to the German national team last week when he played 90 minutes in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Australia in a friendly in Kaiserslautern.

The 24-year-old suffered the back injury while on international duty in August 2013.

“But I am delighted to back, and I hope that I have put all my injury problems behind me and can have a fresh start in the national team,” Gundogan told Tagesspiegel.

“Afterwards, I was allowed to get up fairly quickly and take a few steps. It was such a liberating feeling — it felt like a personal accolade.

“When I suffered the injury, I wasn’t even 23. But I thought it was a given for me to lead such a privileged life. The setback made me realise that it was not a given.”

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Gündoğan has four assists and two goals in 22 appearances for Dortmund this season.