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'It was great': 19-year-old Arsenal youngster reacts to what David Luiz did after he got terrible injury
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'It was great': 19-year-old Arsenal youngster reacts to what David Luiz did after he got terrible injury

Senior players at football clubs often take youngsters under their wing, and that’s no exception at Arsenal.

One of the worst things that can happen to a young player is picking up a serious injury.

That’s what happened to midfielder Catalin Cirjan, who spoke to The Athletic about his comeback from two serious knee injuries.

The 19-year-old is one of Arsenal’s most exciting prospects.

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Cirjan made his senior debut in Romania as a 13-year-old and was quickly offered a trial at Arsenal.

This is where he picked up his first ACL injury, before missing the last 15 months of action with the same injury in his other knee.

Cirjan has revealed that former Arsenal midfielder David Luiz was the first player who spoke to him.

Luiz spoke to Cirjan after his injury

Cirjan recalled the story to The Athletic: “He (Luiz) told me to go to the first-team changing room.

“I talked with him for an hour. He told me that he went through this too and I just had to be strong.

“It had a great impact and gave me power to go through it.

“I waited a week and a half for my surgery but after that talk, I started doing my rehab.

“I started doing everything to come back to the pitch. It was great to talk to him and I want to thank him.”

“He’s following me on Instagram and was replying to my stories about me working and coming on back to the pitch.”

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David Luiz left Arsenal nearly a year ago to return to his native Brazil.

It’s a sign of just how much he cares about Cirjan’s career that he’s still in contact with the young Romanian.

Having also suffered knee injuries during his time at PSG and Chelsea, Luiz could sympathise with Cirjan’s struggles.

It’s no wonder Luiz was the first to speak to Cirjan about his injury and try to offer him advice.

The Romanian has finally returned to action for Arsenal, turning out for the under-21s last week.

He’ll be hoping to return to training with the first team soon, and is still highly-rated at Arsenal.

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