Germany and Fiorentina striker, Mario Gomez has expressed his sadness in suffering yet another injury, but is adamant that he will come back stronger by stating that set-backs are something that he knows too well these days.
The 29-year-old who has only featured 19 times for AC Fiorentina since completing a £13.64 million move from Bayern Munich last summer has been ruled out for up to a month after picking up a hamstring injury in the club’s 1-0 victory away against Atalanta B.C last Sunday.
Indeed, this is the third serious injury that Gomez has suffered in the last 12 months with the striker having also torn ligaments in his knee the previous September, an injury which ruled him out until February.
He then went on to suffer an agonising relapse the following month, forcing Gomez to miss the majority of the remaining season, with the striker making the substitute bench on the last game of the campaign against Torino in May.
Inevitably, this meant that Gomez, who had won 59 appearances for Germany under Joachim Löw was not selected for the final 23 man squad for the 2014 World Cup, with the Riedlingen-born striker having to watch his team-mates lift the gold trophy in Rio de Janeiro from home.
However, after months of pre-season training, coupled with the fact that Germany hero, Miroslav Klose had retired from the international scene, Gomez was selected by Löw to lead the line in the World Champions 4-2 defeat at home against Argentina on 3rd September.
Although, a disappointing performance against the South American giants where he missed several clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities resulted in Gomez being jeered and booed by the home fans as he was substituted in the second half.
Indeed, he the former VfB Stuttgart forward went on to suffer the same treatment by AC Fiorentina fans, bored silly at the fact that Gomez had failed to find the net for the Italian outfit during the club’s first three games of the new Serie A campaign.
Despite insisting that he will not be out for long after suffering yet another setback in his attempt to re-establish himself as the goal hungry striker he was once known for, Gomez believes that he is prepared to do anything in order to return to the scene as quickly as possible.
The 29 year old solemnly told German newspaper Bild: “Unfortunately setbacks are well too known with me. As always I will do everything in order to get fit again and to make a comeback. However, at this moment in time I see this as another setback, even when (the injury) is nothing big.”
This fresh injury has also ruled him out of Germany's next two Euro 2016 qualifying games away against Poland on 11th October, and at home to the Republic of Ireland three days later, news which might make Löw consider alternative plans in the striking department .
Despite the potential fear of not playing for Germany again, Gomez believes that there is no point in whining and will return with the same positive attitude as before.
Gomez went on to say: “Whining will not help in such situations. As before I will make sure that I work upon returning with the same positive outlook.”