BECKFORD BACK IN THE EAR AND NOW
CHRONIC knee problems and ruptured Achilles tend to end footballers’ careers, but Preston striker Jermaine Beckford says his ear infection was so painful that he considered retiring.
The 31-year-old, currently on loan from Bolton, spent over a month on the sidelines due to the infection and came close to telling Preston he was calling time on his career.
But after scoring four goals in his first five games since his recovery going into this weekend, the ex-Leeds and Everton striker is clearly no longer feeling the effects of his ordeal.
“I was lying down in bed and any time I tried to sit up I would pretty much lose consciousness and pass out,” he said.“I had contemplated calling the management and saying ‘I don’t know if I’ll be able to carry on’.
“After the third week I’d seen no improvement and I thought ‘Well, after three weeks nothing has got better – I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to call it a day soon’.
“I felt sick and almost passed out, but I realised you’re not going to get anywhere unless you push yourself. Fortunately, ten days later I was up on my feet.”
FIT: Jermaine Beckford