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Chelsea youngster Xavier Mbuyamba reveals he’s walking again after knee surgery WAIT WHAT?!


Ummm, excuse me, Xavier, what do you mean “walking again”!?

The young Chelsea defender posted an update on Instagram today, showing him wearing a brace on his right knee and walking on crutches. In the video, he looks absolutely chuffed with his progress.

From personal experience, that’s a knee brace normally used after ACL reconstruction, which would also match his caption, “finally walking again” — it takes a bit to start walking semi-normally again after such a surgery, although more aggressive modern therapeutic methods have continued to reduce that period of absolute non-activity to minimize atrophy and jump-start recovery.

It’s unclear how or when or even exactly why Mbuyamba had to have surgery; his update was a complete surprise, though one that does explain why he hadn’t been seen for the U23s since signing as a free agent this summer.

The 18-year-old spent last season at Barcelona, after his move to Chelsea last summer fell through because of the transfer ban. Now he’s here, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see him in action, even for the reserves. Fortunately, he’s young and modern surgical and recovery protocols usually ensure a full and complete recovery from ACL injuries.

Good luck and speedy recovery, young one!

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Xavier Mbuyamba: 'Hunger to succeed has never been so big' after long-term knee injury


Xavier Mbuyamba has penned an emotional message as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

The 18-year-old defender joined Chelsea back in August after leaving Barcelona's academy. 

However his move to England didn't go smoothly, as in September he had 'routine key hole surgery to clean up his meniscus', however it has left him on the sidelines for months - a similar problem to Billy Gilmour's.

He started his recovery in September and is continuing his rehabilitation back to full fitness. 

Penning on his social media on Friday afternoon, Mbuyamba revealed the heartache and journey of his injury which has seen him sidelined for several months. 

"Imagine being an 17 year old boy from a small city in the Netherlands who all of the sudden gets the chance to live his dream life of becoming a pro-footballer. I know many of you think I have it all right now...the money, attention and best players in the world around me. I can't blame you, because to a certain extend I thought the same.

"This summer it was time for me to make the transfer to the club that stole my heart in the first place, a place where I could see myself grow and flourish into the player I believe I can be. Chelsea Football Club. 


"I was ready to give it my all, to put all of my heart, blood, sweat and tears into it. Now imagine...your second training and...SNAP! There goes your knee in the blink of an eye. A torn meniscus so no football for at least 4 months. Here I was with all I thought I had, but it turned out to be worth nothing in that situation. I got surgery and started rehabilitation. Away from home, away from family, friends, and not even knowing how things would turn out. It was up to me to prevent my mindset from snapping like my knee did. 

"I remember all the days of feeling like I couldn't do anything. The first months of rehabilitation started and day in day out I was at the physiotherapist, the gym, on the massage benches. One day after the other, they all seemed the same. I haven't touched the ball on a pitch in ages which may have led to me loosing a bit of my feeling for the ball but I gained so much more and thats all represented in this one thing: THE SCAR.

"This scar to me represents my hunger which has never been so big, my mental strengths which made me trust myself in this process, the power I gained in the gym over the last months, the pain after surgery and during treatment afterwards, the people that where there to help me, the friend and family I could always talk to and a constant reminder of my beautiful journey so far. 

"The story of that boy from a small Dutch city seemed so perfect so far...the boy who came up out of no where and made it big. That boy has learned and grew a lot wiser. I now see that only imperfections can lead to a perfect story. That what I see when I look at the scar."

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