SV Werder Bremen got off to an extremely strong start to the season, with Jiri Pavlenka playing a major part in his consistently good performances. A year ago his situation was completely different...
After relegation to the second division, Jiri Pavlenka was considered a candidate for sale at SV Werder. However, a stubborn back injury thwarted a change - the goalkeeper's participation in the European Championship was also shattered as a result.
"The coach said that I had a good chance of playing at the European Championships. Then the day before our test match against Italy I got back problems," Pavlas reported in an interview with the picture. "In order to be able to play I got injections. After the game it got worse and I had to leave. Now I'm happy to be able to play in goal again."
The Czech revealed that at that stage he "didn't know if I could keep playing football" - the end of his career was apparently an issue. It wasn't just the back that was worrying, as Pavlenka reveals: "I had big problems - not just because of my back. I could hardly walk. The doctors didn't know what it was for days. It wasn't just the back, it was something other."
The 30-year-old, who had extended his contract at Osterdeich until 2025 after the climb, emphasized that it was good for him "that I feel the trust, which also helps me to be braver in some situations".
Despite the successful start to the season, he doesn't want to spit too big: "Especially after the last two Bundesliga seasons, it's better if we remain humble."
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This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Jiri Pavlenka reveals: In 2021 I was afraid for my career.