Sassuolo Winger Laurienté: “I Played the Whole Season with an Injury”

Armand Laurienté got off to a restricted start at Sassuolo but ended the season with 8 goals and 7 goals in 31 appearances. The Milan and Juventus target revealed the knee injury setback he endured last season, carrying which he nonetheless starred for the Neroverdi. Laurienté recently underwent a meniscus operation as per his choice and is now ready to make a full comeback.

Speaking to French outlet So Foot (via SassuoloNews) in an exclusive interview, Laurienté disclosed the background behind his stop-start campaign.

“To be honest, I decided to undergo the operation by choice. What people don’t know is that I have had this problem for September. I played the whole season like this. We had to find the right moment to do this, we all decided together, with the club and my entourage, to choose the season finale. I had ten days of vacation then I returned to the center training to go back to work and do my rehabilitation. I had set up a program for recovery, but now everything is fine, I’m back.”

The highlight of Laurienté’s season was perhaps his goal away at Milan in a 5-2 victory, after which his brace gifted the Neroverdi a 4-3 win at the Stadio Olimpico. The performances gifted him bragging rights in the transfer market, although nothing materialized.

“Ah, it’s a childhood dream. Any football fan would like to score a goal one day in a stadium as legendary as San Siro, that’s for sure. At the time, I was super happy, of course, and even when I think about it, it makes me smile.”

He then drew comparisons between Italy and France.

“There is a real difference. As soon as I arrived in Italy, I felt it was a football country. Everyone always talks about football; it is very present in the city and in discussions. In any case, we are in a beautiful region, the Emilia Romagna. There is true harmony between food and comfort.”

The Rennes youth product moved to Sassuolo from Lorient in the summer of 2022. Laurienté will hope his next season in the Italian top-flight under Alessio Dionisi is more fruitful than the last.

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