Updated: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020 @ 3:06pm

Fluff that pillow and change that sports car! Jack Rodwell's lifestyle changes aim to kick-start Manchester City career

Fluff that pillow and change that sports car! Jack Rodwell's lifestyle changes aim to kick-start Manchester City career

By Pippa Field

A new pillow, a new car and a new house – Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to win back his fitness.

The former Everton star – recently returned from a hamstring injury – has struggled to establish himself in a City shirt since his £12million summer move.

But it would appear the 21-year-old is determined to kick-start his stuttering Citizen career, revealing a series of lifestyle changes designed to prevent a reoccurrence of injuries.

“You have to rule everything out,” he said.

“I have changed my pillow and other silly stuff, but that’s part and parcel of being a footballer.

“I changed my car completely – I was in a sports car and changed to a Jeep which is more stable for the back and doesn’t put too much stress on it.

“I am also about 10 minutes drive from training now so I don’t spend a lot of time in the car. I used to feel a little bit stiff. I moved so I don’t have to drive for too long to get there in the morning.”

Rodwell sustained his hamstring injury while on England U21 duty in October, having made just six City appearances.

And after learning about the tactics used by age-defying veteran Ryan Giggs, the injury plagued youngster has even taken to practicing yoga to regain his strength.

“A lot of people said the same happened for Ryan Giggs, that throughout his youth he got a lot of hamstrings,” he said.

“He started yoga, and so have I. I am just trying to do everything right.”

Hoping he had finally seen the back of his injury problems, Rodwell is now turning his eyes firmly on getting a run in the first team.

“When you sign for a new club you just want to play and when injury stops you it is frustrating,” he added.

“Hopefully, I can get more fitness and get time on the pitch. I’m back in training now, so I’m positive.

“You can’t be negative – I’m through it now and have the second half of the season to look forward to.”

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