Zenit Kazan has announced in its official website that it has granted Matt Anderson with a few days off from the club so he could travel to the USA and enjoy some family time.
The team stated that knowing Anderson’s emotional state, and remembering the events in 2014 that led him to leave Zenit due to his fight with depression, it is better for both parties to work closely together in favor of the player’s health. The team also stated that it could easily do without him in Superleague’s next rounds, as it will go against the competition’s lower tier teams. Anderson should be back before the CEV Champions League playoffs start.
Knowing how much Anderson values family companionship, it is understandable that he has reached an agreement with his team to visit the USA, specially as Zenit Kazan is in a comfortable spot in its competitions. There is no need to burn him out against weaker competition if you can preserve him for when it really counts. Anderson always deliver at big moments, as he recently did in Kazan’s first ever Club World Championship title. He has enough credit and has paid his dues with the club, which recently recognized his excellence by signing him to one of volleyball’s most lucrative contracts.
Knowing how much living away from family can affect a person’s health, this time home will probably recharge Anderson’s battery so he can successful tackle Superleague’s and Champions League’s playoffs phase, as well the 2018 FIVB League of Nations.
The player has shared his moments home with his fans on Instagram: