Tuesday 12 June 2012
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he feels he can learn from the experience of recovering from a serious facial injury.
The Belgian suffered a broken nose and a fractured eye socket during the 2-2 Barclays Premier League home draw against Aston Villa in October.
The injury kept him out of action for over two months, but Mignolet told Sunderland's website that he was still able to build on the experience.
"The experience is something I've got in the bag and, touch wood, it won't happen again"
- Simon Mignolet
"I don't really remember much about what happened," he admitted.
"The first thing I knew was I was waking up in hospital the next day with the doctor standing by the bed.
"I asked him if I could play the next game with the broken nose and he said 'no, it will be a little longer than that.'
"The injury meant more than 10 weeks on the sidelines, but the experience is something I've got in the bag and touch wood it won't happen again.
"As a footballer you know you can get injured and you have to know how to deal with those things."
It was the first major injury for Mignolet, who had to wear a protective mask upon his return to action.
"I had never been injured before so it was something new for me and I think I learned from it," he said.
"It was strange having 10 weeks being only in the gym and not being able to train like I was used to. But I learned and was then lucky to come straight back into the team under the new gaffer."