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When Chelsea signed Charly Musonda as a 15-year-old from Belgium, he was sought after by many of Europe’s biggest teams, including Barcelona. However, nine years after, the now 24-year-old is looking to get back his career on track.
The 24-year-old got injured in 2018 while playing against Antwerp, and was told by the doctors that he may never play football again.
The Belgian is fighting his way back from injury, and he believes that he can come back and also reach great heights in his career.
Musonda told BBC Sport about the prognosis from the medical experts: “The doctors said: ‘If you have a surgery now, you’re going to miss another year.
“It’s going to be three years of no football so it’s going to be impossible for you to come back’,” he explains.
“A PCL surgery is not common in football. It’s not like an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] where you have surgery and in six months you can come back.
“They told me the odds of coming back were like 20%. Of coming back and being at the top level, being able to compete and play for a club like Chelsea, it was slim to none.
“It was very difficult.”
Musonda hasn’t given up on football and believes that he can play for the next ten years. He’s still fighting for a return, and believes if he can play consecutive games, he’d be back to form.
“It’s very difficult to have three years without being able to do what you really love,” he said. “I would be lying to say that it’s been easy, but I’ve always known that some struggles are worth going through.
“I feel like a fighter now preparing for a boxing match. It would be an incredible comeback – an incredible story. Every day is part of the journey, every day a step closer to coming back. I’m on the right track.
“I do believe that if I put a run together and I come back, I can play for a good 10 years. I’m still 24 – if I come back in the prime of my career, I can put a run together – that’s my goal.”