It has been a whirlwind of a career for Iker Muniain over the last two years. The winger, who was struggling for form, suffered a horrific knee injury which saw him miss over six months of action. After returning he found it difficult to play his best football, but that all changed this year. With consistency and hard work, he is playing the best football of his career. The 24-year-old spoke with Mundo Deportivo about his resurgence and says that his injury taught him a lot.
“Of course, I think I’ve regained my best level. I know myself and I feel like I’m playing my best. I feel like every play I can make things happen and I’ve been more influential. When I feel these things I know that I am at a good level because it is demonstrated on the field. When you recover from a long injury it takes a lot to be playing with normalcy again. There are always fears when you suffer a long injury. My recovery was hard and it has been beautiful to return.”
Muniain went on to say that the injury was difficult to overcome, but it did teach him some valuable lessons. He also scored seven league goals this season, equaling his personal best, and says that it is his hard work that has helped him return to his best.
“I have learned a lot from my experience and there are always positive lessons in everything. I gained maturity, knowing how to deal with complicated situations, and to just enjoy the game more. Sometimes when you have been playing for a long time, like anything else in life, you can lose a bit of the itch. Now I have that itch for football more than ever and it drives me. All the goals I have scored, and I love scoring goals, have been the culmination of the hard work I have put in.”
Iker Muniain and Athletic Club will play their final match of the season on Sunday when they travel to take on Atletico Madrid. The Lions need a win to guarantee their place in the Europe League, or else they will need help from other matches this weekend. Ernesto Valverde will field his strongest lineup so this game promises to be a thrilling affair.