Olle Ek was recruited from Hallby to Sävehof for the 2021/2022 season. With 32 goals in eight games, he was scorching hot, but in a game against Aranäs the blow came.

He landed strangely after a breakthrough and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one knee. But he didn't understand that at first.

"I felt a crack in my knee but I was quite positive, I could go home from the game. I've never had a major injury before and thought it wouldn't happen to me," says Olle Ek.

New setback – cruciate ligament healed obliquely

Nor could he have imagined that the injury would keep him away from handball for almost two years. Because the rehab didn't go as planned, something wasn't right in the healing process.

"It happened several times when I was at the gym that I was doing my rehab exercises and suddenly my knee just hurt a lot. And then I had to go home on crutches again. Another X-ray showed that the cruciate ligament had healed obliquely.

Premiere match against Ystads IF

In July 2022, the 25-year-old midfielder underwent another operation – this time successfully. The comeback took a year longer than planned, but now he is one hundred percent back. During the pre-season, Ek has played friendly matches and the Swedish Cup for Sävehof.

Tonight awaits the premiere match in the league against Ystads IF.

"I'm very happy that I still managed it. It feels super nice. It has been a long and tough journey, says Olle Ek.

"Then it was at its worst" – hear more from Olle Ek in the player above.