Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik working hard on return from injury

Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik says he is working hard on his recovery from a serious knee injury, although he is still getting to grips with life in the Italian city.

Milik, 22, was ruled out for up to six months after tearing cruciate knee ligaments last month. He is not due to return until the spring and will not rush his comeback, although he says he is working hard on making sure that when he does get back on the pitch he will be better than ever.

"Everything is going according to schedule, there are no problems," Milik told Sportowefakty. "The knee is not swollen, but I still can't say [when I will return]. I don't want to have any rush to return. I still have my career ahead of me and all that I am losing now I will gain back later.

"I will come back when the doctors judge that I am 100 percent recovered. Let's hope this is the case in the spring. Now I'm working a lot -- I'm at Castel Volturno [training facilities] at 9 a.m. every day. I go home in the afternoon and then I do some additional work there.

"I'm on my bike almost every day at a very slow rhythm. I'm only at the beginning of a path back to fitness."

That path interrupted a bright start to life in Naples, with four goals in seven Serie A appearances and a further three in just two Champions League starts.

"When I first heard the diagnosis, I cried," he said. "I was depressed for the first days, but now I have turned the page. The fans' messages have helped me and I started working on my recovery right away."

The Poland international admits he is still getting used to living in Naples, where petty crime remains an issue.

"The strangest incident which happened to me was when I was chased by a moped for five kilometres," Milik said. "At a traffic light, they made me wind my window down -- all this just because they wanted an autograph.

"My teammates have warned me not to carry expensive items on me, like a luxury watch, because it would not be safe. I live between Naples and Castel Volturno. It's convenient to be so close to our training centre."