Collins likens ACL surgery to getting new knee


By Johnny Edward.

Super Eagles’ defender, Jamilu Collins, who suffered a season-long anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for his club Cardiff City last August, has likened his knee surgery to getting a new one, The PUNCH reports.

The Nigeria international revealed that he was happy to be back in training following his recovery after nine months.

He added that his injury was a devastating episode as he revealed it was his first-ever career injury and it was really a difficult rehabilitation and recovery for him.

“I have never suffered any injury since I started playing football professionally and to go through a whole nine months without football was a torrid period for me,” Collins told

“The ACL injury experience was terrible and when treatment started it was like I got a new knee.”

Collins also said he is grateful to the NFF leadership including the President, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau for reaching out to him during the period of his recovery.

“I want to appreciate the new NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau, the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, coach Jose Peseiro, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator Dayo Enebi and my team mates for reaching out and showing me love during this period. It all mattered so much to me and I’m grateful,” he stated.

Jamilu Collins has won 25 caps for the Nigeria senior team and was part of the bronze medal- winning squad at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt in 2019.