Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has confessed he feared he may have to retire after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
The Spain international was found to have pericarditis – a viral infection affecting the membrane enclosing his heart, which is incredibly rare and difficult to treat.
“You begin to realise and fear the possibility this may be serious enough for you to give up your playing career,” Carvajal told Diario Madridista.
“There have been other cases when this has been the case of course but the doctors told me to relax and not worry as I could recover.
“Now I feel good, I never felt any pain or ill, the worst thing was the boredom of not being able to do any exercise and knowing I was unavailable.
“Right now I feel in great shape, I have worked hard over the past fortnight and I believe this has paid off.
“I must thank the Coach and our doctors, the physios, who have all helped me and been understanding in the rest period for me to recover full health – you have to be cautious to avoid future repercussions.
“Play against Atletico? Medically, I have been given the all clear.”