Together through difficult times

Rebecka Blomqvist on the recovery from her cruciate ligament tear and making small steps.

It’s been a difficult few months for Rebecka Blomqvist since her cruciate ligament tear, which she sustained in the DFB Cup second-round match at 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in September 2023, but she’s never lost her energy or her smile. It will still be a while until the Swedish international is back on the pitch, but she has travelled with the She-Wolves to the training camp in Portugal to continue her rehab there and work intensively on her comeback. While her teammates are out on the pitch, Blomqvist is training individually nearby.

In this interview, the 26-year-old discusses her rehab and what helped her during the difficult period after the injury.

Rebecka Blomqvist, it’s a few months since the cruciate ligament tear now. How are you doing?

Rebecka Blomqvist: “I feel good. The first few weeks after the injury were difficult because you realise what’s ahead of you. Then the operation in October was a big step for me – after that I could really start with the rehab. Currently everything’s going to plan and that’s obviously pleasing. I’m trying to celebrate every small step forward.”

How did you deal with the difficult initial period?

Rebecka: “There were a few tears at the beginning and I think that’s okay. My parents visited me after a few days, which was really nice. I also used the time to do a lot in my new flat. I moved in over the summer and my first night in it was the one immediately after the injury. There were boxes everywhere, so I quickly had other things on my mind, which helped. You obviously get a lot of messages in the first few days, which keep reminding you of the injury, but equally that showed me that a lot of people care about me and want to give me strength.”

You’re also in the thick of it at the training camp. What’s that like for you?

Rebecka: “I think it’s really good that I can be here and I have perfect conditions for my rehab. I’m in the gym a lot but I can look out onto the pitch from there and observe everything. We don’t have much free time but we chat a lot and eat together. That too is important for me.”

What’s been your view on the team’s progress in the first half of the season?

Rebecka: “Because we didn’t reach the Champions League, we obviously had a tough period but I think we worked well and tried to quickly come out of that trough. I think the performances have improved again over the course of the first half of the season. Hopefully this year we can pick up where we left off before Christmas.”