NAIROBI, Kenya– Harambee Stars left-back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma is positive that he will come back stronger after it was confirmed he will be out for six weeks after suffering a fibula fracture while training with his Swedish outfit AIK on Friday.
The pacy defender is set to undergo surgery on Saturday as his side continue to gear up for the start of the Swedish top tier season as they enter their second month of full training.
“It’s a setback but I believe I will be back stronger. I was really looking forward to getting my season started at AIK. This is not a heart-breaking moment for me but a moment to build my mental strength.
“I am looking forward to the recovery period and rehabilitation. Hopefully I’ll be back on the pitch soon. I had built up very well in pre-season but now it’s time to face another challenge that is inevitable for us as sportsmen,” Ouma, who joined the side from third tier club Vassalund, stated.
The able Ouma had joined AIK after an impressive two seasons with Vasalund and his explosive performances at left-back for both club and country earned him a contract with the high flying top flight side.
Sweden was among the first European countries to get back to full training after world football was brought to a halt by the virus.
Despite the set-back, Ouma states his determination and dreams with AIK will not be shattered and he will work on them upon return.
The Kenyan football fraternity led by Montreal Impact player and Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama took to social media to offer their well wishes and support to Ouma during this time.