Johannsson, another American who wants to shine in the Bundesliga

BREMEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: The shirt of a player of Bremen displays a logo to support the protction of animals during the Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV at Weserstadion on November 28, 2015 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BREMEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: The shirt of a player of Bremen displays a logo to support the protction of animals during the Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV at Weserstadion on November 28, 2015 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old came to play for Werder Bremen in 2015, and he doesn’t plan to leave. But he’s coming back from a long-term injury that almost made him quit.

American striker Aron Johannsson has been playing professionally since 2008 when he joined Icelandic side Fjolnir.

In 2010 he moved to Aarhus in Denmark, while in 2013 he was transferred to Dutch Eredivisie side Alkmaar Zaanstreek.

But it was in 2015 when he joined the German Bundesliga for the first time, gaining a chance into the Werder Bremen first team soon.

But an ankle injury has kept him out of the game since July 2018, but this week that might change as he’s ready to play for the green club.

“I’d waited so long to return so when I was actually out there again, it was indescribable,” Johannsson was quoted by the Bundesliga website.

“I’m just so happy to be able to play football again. My foot still stiffens up sometimes, but I wouldn’t call it painful.”

“I’ve trained a lot recently, doing two sessions per day six days a week. I’m well prepared. The plan is for me to take part in full training regularly in a couple of weeks,” he added.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Mario Goetze (R) of Muenchen and Juergen Klopp, head coach of Dortmund shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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“I’ve often showed that I can return from a long injury and score goals,” he said.

“But obviously it would also be beneficial for me to get some match practice in the U23s.”

The striker from Alabama has also been called to the United States Men’s National Team in 19 occasions.

“I still had a lot of pain after seven months. Then I had one of those rare bad days. I was at home and said to my wife, ‘maybe it’s the end of the line. I’ll have to see what else I can do’,” he explained about the time he thought about quitting.

“I briefly thought about ending my career, but thankfully she was able to calm me down and told me I needed to be patient. The next day I was in a good mood again.”

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