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

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

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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.

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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.

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