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Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has revealed his career was almost over following a knee infection that forced him to miss nearly three years of action.
After undergoing a surgery in 2018 to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Van Ginkel had to go under the knife three times in six days to save his knee due to an infection which caused serious complications.
“The danger was there that I would lose my career, of course,” Van Ginkel told Goal.
“Especially after the first week of infection, they didn’t know what the infection was doing inside the joint.
“After three months I reacted well, but it was going to be a tough, tough time to be at the top level again, to come back and play for PSV, Chelsea or whoever. At that moment, it was more about whether I could walk again. Football didn’t matter.
“The infection that came six weeks after my operation killed my knee a bit. That’s why it took so long, it damaged my knee and cruciate and I had to be operated on all over again. It was a very hard time.”
Van Ginkel is currently on loan at Dutch giants PSV.