Sydney FC star Siem de Jong opens up on injury struggles ahead of Big Blue debut

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The Ajax loanee is desperate to find his rhythm ahead of a big few months

All it took was 16 minutes for Siem de Jong to remind Sydney FC what they had been missing in his absence last Friday night against Brisbane Roar.

The Dutchman wrapped up the 3-1 win for the Sky Blues with a no-look finish from a very tight angle that underlined the attacking inspiration he's set to bring back to Steve Corica's side heading into the finals.

Unfortunately, injuries have plagued de Jong's time in the A-League to date - a situation he's become all too familiar with in recent years.

After sealing a move to Newcastle United in 2014, a succession of injuries including a collapsed lung and a contact lens being pushed into his eye, meant he never got the chance to truly shine in the Premier League. 

It's been a similar story to date with Sydney FC with de Jong's latest injury occurring as he scored the winner against Wellington Phoenix.

"The first part of my career I was nearly never injured and now the second part I’ve had a few unlucky injuries and it’s always difficult," de Jong told Goal.

"It’s always unlucky when it happens and the last one came from a tackle and I didn’t really see it coming or could really do anything about it and then you’re out for a couple of weeks or months.

"It’s always hard to watch games from the sidelines because you always want to be involved.

"It’s a time, on one hand, to work hard and come back fitter. You do get a bit out of your rhythm though and that's the thing that bothers me the most.

"I just want to get into a rhythm of playing a lot of games in a row and then the physical part will get easier as well - that’s what annoys me."   

Siem De Jong Sydney FC

Despite that lack of rhythm, de Jong has still managed to star for the Sky Blues bagging four goals and two assists across 12 league games.

Corica has backed him to reach another level once he finds fitness and that's a step up the attacker could well make in the cauldron of a Big Blue.

Having experienced European derby drama, de Jong will get his first taste of the Big Blue on Saturday and knows it has the ability to lift performances. 

"It’s a big game and I’m happy to be part of one this weekend," he said.

"Always nice these kinds of games for the fans and the players as well.

"The ones I’ve played in Europe always give a little bit extra to the players with the atmosphere in the stadium and it’ll be the same this weekend." 

Though still finding his feet on the pitch in the A-League, de Jong has found life in Australia very easy to get used to. 

"Life is good here, the culture is quite similar to Europe so for me, it hasn't been a thing of adapting, it’s just really far from friends and family but you always have a chance to talk to them and a lot of them have been over to visit me," he said.

"The life around football has been good and that helps me to focus on my games."

On loan this season from Dutch giants Ajax, de Jong admits his future at the club is unclear but he's happy to see the club excelling in Europe having knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League.

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"It’s good when Ajax have success, good for Holland and good for me when I come back," he said.

"Going back next season I’m not sure what’s going to happen there with me but it’s always good when a club is doing well. 

"It’s always good when the attention is on the club you’re at so I’m hoping to have success here at Sydney too." 

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