In September, Bochum striker Simon Zoller (30) tore his cruciate ligament. Now the striker speaks for the first time since the injury and reveals his comeback and future plans…
BILD: Mr. Zoller, can you still be seen on the pitch this season?
Customs: “I believe in it! If things continue like this, I can imagine playing again in April. For this I sacrifice everything. So far I haven’t been on vacation or taken time off. So far I’ve been pulling it through mercilessly.”
BILD: You had five days off over Christmas, but returned after three.
Customs: “I have no time to waste. The knee hasn’t pinched so far, so I feel like I can put a little something on it every day.”
BILD: Sounds like you are perfectly on schedule.
Customs: “So far I haven’t had to slow down my rehabilitation pace, although we always train close to the maximum. I was able to start running two weeks earlier than planned and three weeks earlier on the court. stand But I don’t stress and don’t rush anything.”
BILD: What is the secret of your quick recovery?
Customs: “I have been fitted with some home medical equipment and work with two fantastic therapists/trainers. Add to that a little diligence and definitely my vegan diet (for over three years, ed.). In addition, I have never had any problems with my condition or my basic fitness. This helps.”
BILD: What do you still have to work on?
Zoller: “Of course I don’t have any contacts on the field yet. At the moment, a lot revolves around stability and strength. A milestone could be that I get a taste of the team in a few weeks.”
BILD: In the best case, it’s still enough for 7 league games. your personal goals?
Customs: “It’s all about staying up! But just kidding: 4 goals in 7 games would be nice…”
BILD: What would you prefer – the decisive goal to stay up in the league or win the cup?
Customs: “You have to see where we come from. We are still VfL, which played in the second division for 12 years. So it’s very clear: the goal for relegation.”
BILD: Does such a goal help you with rehabilitation?
Customs: “Definitely. And one more thing – one scene plays out in my head every day: how the stadium gets up when I’m called to the bench in a home game.”
BILD: Does your wife Laura Wontorra (32) sometimes have to slow you down?
Customs: “No need. Laura is more there to endure a whim from me. She’s been through a lot in eight years. That wasn’t always easy. I’m very grateful to be able to vent my frustration with her.”
BILD: Are you also supported by your team?
Customs: “Manu Riemann has often reported, as well as Toto Losilla, Patrick Fabian and Robert Tesche. Thomas Reis also called every week. If I generally look at how many managers, coaches and players have contacted me after the injury, I realize that I haven’t been such a dumbass in the last 12 years.”
BILD: Of the 12 years you were with VfL for three, your contract runs until 2024. Are you ending your career here?
Customs: “Of course I can well imagine staying here until the end! If the body cooperates, why shouldn’t I play as long as Toto Losilla (35, contract until 2023, ed.)? I grew up here in Bochum.”
BILD: Are there any plans for the time after that?
Customs: “I could imagine – if the club wants – to stay in Bochum. VfL has a lot of potential, I said that when I extended my contract. This project is ongoing and very, very exciting.”
BILD: Do you have any concrete ideas?
Customs: “You become more experienced and at some point you know where your interests lie. There are a few areas I could think of. But, as I said, the club must also be able to imagine that. And more importantly: I still want to step in front of the marble for as long as I can!”