The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper missed six UEFA Nations League fixtures because he decided to focus on the Spanish La Liga club.
Between the months of September and November of last year, Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak missed six games with Slovenia.
The Slovenia international did not participate in six UEFA Nations League fixtures, due to a voluntary absence.
And now he explains why he chose to do that.
“I had to make a decision in autumn not to play for one reason: my physical condition,” said the 26-year-old to the Spanish Media outlet As.
“It was difficult to be available for Atlético. I was in a lot of pain and had to play with painkillers. And playing with the national team would have been too much.”
“The decision would have been taken with any coach,” he assured.
“It’s true that certain things happened and I won’t hide that. But I won’t speak about them. I’m not going to comment about those things in the media.”
“My physical condition is better now and I feel fine. With regards to the captain’s armband; the coach will decide,” he said.
“If a teammate has felt bad about my decision, he must tell me and we will look for a solution. I have been in contact with players from the national team and nobody has told me anything. I only read the rumours about the unease in the media.”
“It has been a very difficult week for me. We had dreams and all of them have been wiped out in the space of one week,” he added.
“All of this year’s hard work has been in vain, but you also learn from these things. I will now try to be positive and help the national team. But I may also need someone to help me with good humour and a few jokes. I need that.”
— NZS | FA Slovenia (@nzs_si) March 18, 2019