Alessandrini staying cool
Despite sustaining a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury, Rennes revelation Romain Alessandrini is taking it all in his - admittedly limping - stride.
Forced off the pitch in Rennes' 2-0 loss in Lille in mid-February, Romain Alessandrini must have been feeling a certain sense of déjà-vu as club doctors informed him that he had 'done' the cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Despite being just 23 years old, the rising star - who had just recently been called up to the France squad to cap a stunning rise to prominence in his first season in Ligue 1 - has been through it all before, with his left knee, when he was just 19.
"Before my first operation, the doctor told me that one day I would 'do' the right knee as well," he calmly told l'Equipe as he began his recovery after undergoing surgery in Marseille last week. "It's fate, there's nothing I can do about it. I just tell myself that there are far worse things that can happen to, and that trying experiences like this one are part and parcel of being a footballer. It's just disappointing because the end of the season with Stade Rennais was looking very exciting."
Indeed, Rennes have been in fine form this season - thanks in no small part to Alessandrini's exciting performances and knack for scoring spectacular and important goals - but Alessandrini won't be back in action until the beginning of next season, a fact he isn't allowing to get to him.
A big year
"Everything has gone really quickly for me since I arrived at Rennes," said the midfielder, who joined from Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot after an eye-catching season 2011-12. "I played in Ligue 1 for the first time, I scored, and I was lucky enough to be called up to the France squad. People everywhere were talking about me. In the end, maybe it's not such a bad thing for me to have a rest."
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