Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross reflected on the injury disruption he encountered during the 2018/19 season, but insists the experience has helped him better understand his body in preparation for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
After playing in all 38 league matches for the Seagulls during his debut season in England, Gross missed 13 top-flight games through injury last term, before helping steer Albion towards safety in the final six matches.
The 28-year-old returned for pre-season training last week ahead of Albion’s visit to Austria this weekend, and the German will be keen to avoid time on the sidelines during his third campaign in the Premier League.
He said, “The last 13 games, when I was fit, I had two goals and four assists, so it was a little bit like my first season.
“However, before that I was struggling — injured in pre-season, fit for the season, but injured after four games for another two months.
“Injury-wise, it was for sure my hardest season, but you learn from it. I have to look after my body even more, but I’m positive and always come back.
“It was the first injury in my life, the first time I missed a game [due to injury] in ten years of professional football. It was a new experience.
“You have to know that the body is the most important thing and make sure you take good care of it.”