Sissoko eyes full recovery
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mohamed Sissoko admits he is still having some problems with the eye he injured last year.
Liverpool star Mohamed Sissoko admits he is still having some problems with the eye he injured last year.
The Malian international suffered an horrendous blow to the face last year when playing against Benfica, and at one point doctors thought Sissoko may lose the sight in his right eye.
Sissoko has since recovered from the damage to his retina, but the 22-year-old has revealed that he still encounters problems.
"My eye is okay, but it's not like before," he told The Mirror.
"I still have a problem, particularly when there is a lot of sunshine.
"Sometimes I get pain and I can't see properly so I have to make sure I wear sunglasses when it is sunny.
"There was a moment against Manchester United when I was stood outside their penalty area waiting for the ball.
"It had been kicked high up in the air and as it came down, the sun caught my eye and I couldn't see the ball properly.
"I lost sight of it for a second and ended up hitting it straight back up in the air when I had time to control it. That was a problem, but it doesn't happen too often.
"On the whole, I have to be happy simply because I can play football again.
"I feel I have come a long way from when the first doctor I saw in Portugal told me that was probably it for me and football. I say 'thank you' every day that I am able to play again.
"I did think about it ahead of the Barcelona game. It was a year on since I was injured against Benfica, but I pray all the time. I pray for the future and for every minute while it lasts.
"I suppose I am lucky. But if I think about the injury against some of the misery that exists elsewhere in the world, it doesn't really compare."