Michael Jakobsen has revealed a series of diagnoses anticipating only small periods on the sidelines kept him in a positive frame of mind as he recovered from a calf issue.
The Dane missed two months of football due to the injury, which he sustained in Round 18’s heated Melbourne Derby. Jakobsen was forced off at half time as Melbourne City fell to a 2-1 defeat against Melbourne Victory.
The 31-year-old had been selected in numerous extended squads during the time he was out, but was never able to prove his fitness.
Interim City boss Michael Valkanis named Jakobsen to face Adelaide United on Friday night, and he was finally passed fit after eight weeks.
Jakobsen played the full match as City downed the Reds 1-0 for a crucial three points.
Speaking exclusively on Tuesday’s Daily Football Show, Jakobsen opened up on his injury hell, saying anticipated two-week spells in recovery mode kept him in a positive frame of mind.
“It is quite hard … we thought the injury was much smaller than it really was so we kept on saying ‘okay, we’re talking a couple of weeks’, so I could stay positive,” he said.
“If they told me from the beginning that it would be two months, I would have been pissed, to be honest.
“I would have been angry … it makes it a lot easier when you have these small goals ahead of you and saying ‘okay, we’re aiming for the game in two weeks or three weeks’.
“So that made it easier for me to have a positive mindset as well.
“It’s about making the small goals and doing a lot of fun stuff. It’s not always fun to be injured but the exercises and the stuff that you do can be a bit more fun in some parts.”
Jakobsen will have two games worth of preparation for City’s finals push and expects to be fully fit sooner rather than later.
“I’m really happy that I get two games going into the finals. I would loved to have had more games, but the body was not quite there to have more games,” he added.
“I haven’t had any hiccups after the game (against Adelaide) … I’m getting closer and closer to the 100%.”
City face Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday, with a win in the west likely to hand them the cherished third position.