VfL kick off Matchday 9 against northern rivals Werder Bremen at 20:30 CET on Friday evening. The Wolves started the campaign with personnel issues at right-back, but the return to training of both Kevin Mbabu and William could leave head coach Oliver Glasner with a real selection headache in the coming weeks. With Ridle Baku currently in fine form, fit-again William is one of three players competing for a starting role on the right side of defence.
First of all, welcome back William! After suffering a torn cruciate ligament in February, you’re finally fit again. How did you find your recovery process – particularly in combination with the coronavirus pandemic?
William: “Thanks very much. My recovery was a very difficult time. I was injured for nine months and the pandemic obviously made it even more difficult. It was a challenge, but I’m doing well now. I’m playing football again and doing everything I can to return to the pitch in good form.”
How happy were you to be back on the pitch for the first time in the friendly against Hannover 96?
William: “I’m very happy to be back. The game – my first in nine months – was very, very emotional for me. I hope I’ll be able to help my team-mates in the Bundesliga as soon as possible.”
Your rival for the right-back position, Kevin Mbabu, later suffered an injury himself and VfL reacted to those long-term setbacks with the acquisition of Ridle Baku. What do you make of the newfound competition for places and what are your personal objectives for the rest of the season?
William: “Ridle is playing very well at the moment. We’re all fighting for this position. The situation is very good for the club and the team, as we have three very good players in that position. We all want to play, which is why we’ll all give everything we have and keep fighting. My main aim is to play a game in the Bundesliga again with my team-mates. I’m doing very well, I have full confidence in myself, I’m ready and I’m waiting for the opportunity to show what I can do.”