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I almost lost it all - Delaney

Published 27/05/2011 | 05:00

IRELAND defender Damien Delaney has revealed that he is lucky to be able to walk properly after recovering from a horror injury which could have ended his career, writes Daniel Mcdonnell

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The Ipswich man -- who filled in at centre-half in Tuesday's win over Northern Ireland -- almost lost part of his thigh muscle after a dead leg sustained in training last year developed into a blood clot which potentially could have had a devastating effect.

"When the surgeon says there is a possibility you mightn't get back to the level that you're at and they're talking about just getting you back walking, let alone playing football, it does hit you. You're that close to losing the lot of it, you appreciate what you have," said Delaney.

"There was a distinct possibility that I could have lost part of the thigh muscle because of what happened. They could have had to cut out part of it.

"I spent many hours in the gym rebuilding my leg after that injury. My left leg was wasted away, it was about the width of my arm. Just building that strength back up was the hardest thing," admitted the 29-year-old Corkman.

Irish Independent

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