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Arsenal’s Xhaka turns to cupping in bid to recover from injury

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka turns to cupping in bid to recover from groin injury that saw him miss out on the defeat by Manchester City

  • Granit Xhaka has used cupping after missing out on the Manchester City game 
  • The midfielder has a groin injury that he picked up in mid-week after Cardiff win
  • Hector Bellerin also showed off a retro Arsenal shirt in a selfie on Instagram 

Granit Xhaka has turned to cupping as he bids to recover from his recent knock. 

Cupping has previously been used by the likes of Michael Phelps — particularly at the 2016 Rio Olympics — Neymar and Anthony Joshua. 

And Xhaka is hoping that the treatment will speed up his return to fitness after he missed the defeat against Manchester City on Sunday following a groin injury in mid-week.

Granit Xhaka uploaded a photo to Instagram showing himself being treated with cupping

Granit Xhaka uploaded a photo to Instagram showing himself being treated with cupping

As a caption to the image, the Swiss midfielder wrote: ‘Tough Sunday … but I am doing everything possible to recover from the injury that kept me from playing the last 2 games!

‘Can’t wait to be back on pitch fighting with the team!’

Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves hot suction cups being applied to the skin for several minutes.

That leaves circular marks on the surface. It has been used for millennia.

The Swiss midfielder missed out on the defeat against Manchester City due to his injury

The Swiss midfielder missed out on the defeat against Manchester City due to his injury

Athletes have previously suggested that the treatment provides relief from muscle soreness. 

However, others have suggested it has little impact. Science author Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst wrote in their 2008 book Trick or Treatment that it ‘has a long history but there is no evidence that it generates positive effects in any medical condition.’

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin showed off a retro Arsenal shirt as he uploaded a selfie to his Instagram account. 

Hector Bellerin showed off a retro Arsenal shirt as he uploaded a selfie to his Instagram

Hector Bellerin showed off a retro Arsenal shirt as he uploaded a selfie to his Instagram

 


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