The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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

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