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A leading sports physician has suggested that Mesut Ozi’s frequent back problems could come from the fact that he plays up to five hours of the Fortnite video game per day.
The German missed five matches in a row, before coming back against Qarabag last December 12th. Back problems have been blamed for the absences. To observe what Ozil is doing in his down-time, Gunners fans have taken to monitoring the Fortnite statistics portal ‘Wasted on Fortnite’ which shows how often each account has played the game.
The Express claim that the portal shows Ozil’s gamer account has played around 5.221 matches, with an average match lasting around 20 minutes. Based on those numbers, Ozil has racked up a total playing time of 104.420 minutes, equating to 1740 hours or 72 days.
German newspaper BILD consulted University Professor for Prevention and Rehabilitation in Sport at the German Sports University of Cologne Ingo Frobose, who said he believed the length of time Ozil allegedly spends in the gaming chair could be a contributing factor behind his lengthy layoff.
“Yes, that can be the cause of Ozil’s back problems”, said the sports science expert. “A competitive athlete feels the consequences of hours of inactivity much faster than a non-athlete. This is because Ozil’s physical structures are highly tuned due to his intense training. A non-athlete, however, does not notice that”, he added.