Gonalons reveals narrow escape
Lyon's Anfield hero Maxime Gonalons has revealed that he was on the verge of having his leg amputated barely 12 months ago.
Gonalons scored the equaliser in Lyon's UEFA Champions League victory at Liverpool last night after coming on as a first-half substitute. However, the 20-year-old almost saw his fledgling career brought an abrupt end in the summer of 2008 when a blister became so badly infected that doctors started talking about amputation.
"I was in intensive care in hospital for 10 days," he told L'Equipe. "I doubted everything a lot, I asked myself many questions, but my family and agent supported me in those difficult moments. I was then on antibiotics for months, I took 15 tablets a day. Today it's in the past. I'm not thinking about anything but the future."
It took several months for the youngster to regain full fitness but he eventually did so and signed his first professional contract in July. Gonalons revealed he never thought he would be in the first team so soon, much less scoring at Anfield.
He continued: "My aim at the beginning of the season was to impose myself in the reserves but the coach called me up. I knew how to seize my opportunity. I'm only just beginning to realise everything that happened yesterday.
"Last night when we came back I couldn't sleep. Instead I stayed up rewatching the match. I was on cloud nine. It's an important moment that will live forever in my memory. But I won't forget to keep my head on my shoulders."