He is slowly recoverying from his injury after being operated last December by doctor Sakari Orava
Thomas Vermaelen is slowly recoverying from his injury after being operated last December by Doctor Sakari Orava. The last obstacle on his process came recently, when a little muscle fatigue prevented him carrying on with the running exercises for a while.
Despite this little problem —normal due to his long time without doing exercise— Barça's doctors are happy with his evolution.
Now the most delicate work is in the psychological aspect. According to the journalist Tomàs Andreu at Sport newspaper, the Belgian defender has been working with Barça's psychologist —Joaquín Valdés— for some weeks in order to reinforce the player's mentality.
The idea is that the player learn to live with the fact he has a delicate constitution and can easily suffer from injuries. It's a matter of 'psychological healing' so he can perform as best as possible when he is fit.