Hector Bellerin reveals he turned to alcohol to cope with his injury as the Arsenal defender opens up to the mental health problems he endured on the sidelines for a year
- Hector Bellerin has revealed that he turned to alcohol to fix his injury
- The Arsenal defender was on the sidelines for much of 2019 with a knee problem
- The Spaniard said his mental health suffered during the year he wasn’t in the game
- The 26-year-old admitted that he always went out to drink while not playing
Hector Bellerin has shared how his injury nightmare affected his mental health and caused him to turn around.
The Arsenal defender was sidelined for most of 2019 with a knee injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. He went on to develop several hamstring problems while trying to work back into fitness.
Speak against Timsby Youtube channel, the defender admitted that he used to drink in London because he had trouble getting away from the field.
Hector Bellerin has related how his injury nightmare led him to drink
‘It was the first time I’d been injured like this, and I had friends and teammates who had experienced it before, I had my family next to me, but I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. me, ”he said.
‘I’m talking about an experience when I came back and I wasn’t really exercising and started going out a lot.
‘I started drinking and all that stuff and you know for a soccer player that’s not what you should say, but it’s the truth.
The Arsenal defender spent most of 2019 on the sidelines with a knee injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.
‘We have our problems, we have our psychological problems. And when football, which is actually your identity, is taken out of you, we find it difficult.
‘London is clearly a city that offers a lot of distraction and it’s really easy when you don’t feel a responsibility – of course I knew I had to recover, but I didn’t need to train or play – my mind kind of just went elsewhere. ‘
The Spaniard has been in and out of the Arsenal team this season and there are suggestions he could leave the club this summer.
However, the 26-year-old added that he owes a lot to Arsenal’s coaching staff for helping him get back on track.
The right back also opened up about the mental health problems he suffered while injured
“I was lucky enough to have players and coaches who knew what I was doing, and they said, look Hector, that’s not the right way to do it, and I was so lucky with that.
‘But I’m not ashamed of it either, I feel like it’s what happened to me and it’s just how I felt and for me that was the best way to deal with my feelings, which of course is not the best, you don’t help anything, just put it off.
‘But that’s what I felt like doing at the time, and I thought I could get away with it and I learned so much from it. Now the last thing I do when I have an injury is drink because I know how bad that is. Sometimes you just don’t care if it’s hard. ‘