Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs hoping yoga sessions will earn him a World Cup spot
Injury-prone Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs is hoping taking up yoga can help him to force his way into the England squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The 23-year-old once looked nailed-on to become Ashley Cole’s understudy at left-back. But a succession of niggles have held his career back.
Gibbs is hoping a new fitness regime, which includes regular yoga sessions, has put his injury problems behind him.
He said: “It’s the best I’ve felt physically. I have always felt that when I am able to get a run of games, that is what I needed to kick on. I have always felt sure I could do that.
“Now I feel I am kicking on. I need to keep that going and stay fit. That is my main target.
“Since my thigh strain at the end of last year, I met someone new who has taken a good look at me physically, and I owe him credit because he has kept me fit for the last eight to 10 months.
“The work he asks me to do is not easy, but as long as it keeps me fit, I’m happy.
“It is just extra work in the gym, out of hours, to strengthen everything and just to make sure that everything is ready before and after games. It’s all about recovery.”
Gibbs has been doing yoga for the past 12 months.