MLS - Ruiz to focus on his mental health, Charlotte FC to support him

19.11.2021 00:00 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
MLS -  Ruiz to focus on his mental health, Charlotte FC to support him
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Ruiz took a leave of absence from the Segunda Division club last week to focus on his mental health.

Charlotte immediately stated that they will provide any and all resources necessary to assist and support him. On Thursday, head coach Miguel Ramirez reinforced that sentiment.

“It’s important for all of us to know that it’s OK to not be OK,” Ramirez told media on a virtual press conference. “The most important thing for us is to show Sergio a lot of love. Sergio the person is more important than Sergio the player. He knows we’re here and that he can count on us.”

“I’ve had conversations with Sergio to let him know I’m here, that Charlotte FC are here to help him with whatever he needs,” Ramirez said. “That’s it.”

“He made the most difficult and most important step to realize he was having a problem,” Ramirez said. “That’s the most important step.”

Ruiz, 26, scored five goals and added six assists in 37 games in the Segunda Division last season. The latest campaign, which started in August, hasn't gone as smoothly as the last one. Over the summer, he contracted COVID-19 and then suffered a foot ailment that limited him to six games in the current league season.