By Walter Broeckx
Thomas Vermaelen has just told on the Belgium TV that he will have an operation next Tuesday in Sweden. He told this when he was interviewed when he was presented as someone who is helping the Damiaan-action in Belgium. The Damiaan-action in Belgium is a charity organization which was founded in the memory of Pater Damiaan who has spend his live in fighting leprosy. Father Damiaan has been canonized by the Pope a few years ago and still is a highly regarded person in Hawaii where he worked and died. But enough of this as this doesn’t relate to Arsenal but just shows that Vermaelen also is a person who does charity and support one of the most popular charity organisations in Flanders. And if you are interested in this Father Damiaan just google it. In Flanders we are proud of him.
Anyway back to Vermaelen. He told today that specialist finaly have found what is wrong with him. And it is not his Achilles but a little tendon next to his Achilles. This is a tendon which not all people have in fact. But Thomas has it. And this tendon also has no function. But the people who have this tendon can have a rupture of their Achilles and still could be walking around as this normally useless tendon can take over when the Achilles is ripped off. But in Thomas Vermaelen his case it is this useless tendon that has an inflammation and therefore give irritation. So while everyone was looking for the Achilles it was that normally absent tendon that caused the problem. If it is removed the inflammation will be gone and the irritation of the Achilles will stop.
In Belgium they hope that Vermaelen could play for the Belgium national team in the international games in March. So this could mean that Vermaelen should be back at the start of March if all goes well. The operation should be a relative simple one and should have a rather short recovery time.
Vermaelen himself doesn’t want to give any predictions on a return date after having so many setbacks he will just wait and see how things develop.
My future daughter in law who is studying medicine explained me the medical things a bit as I had never heard of such a tendon before. It is rather unusual. Let us just hope that the operation goes well and that Thomas will be back in March to help us in our search for silverware.
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