Gilberto played through pain
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gilberto has revealed that he played ten games this season with a fractured disc.Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has revealed that he played ten games this season with a fractured disc in his lower back.
The combative Brazilian played through the pain barrier but finally had to succumb and has spent the past three months on the sidelines.
Gilberto is set to see a specialist on Thursday and is hopeful of being given the all clear to make his comeback in February.
The player has now spoken of the full extent of his injury woe and of his intention to help the club back to the Premiership summit.
''It has not been easy - it was difficult after I did the injury but I just wanted to carry on so I could help the team,'' said Gilberto.
''I don't know how I did it but eventually it got so bad we did a scan on my back and it showed the fracture.
''I got the original injury playing against Everton. The pain continued but it got worse because I carried on playing and training with the back injury.
''But I am doing well now, much better. I had a scan on Tuesday and the Arsenal doctor saw the scan and said it looked great.
''I will be back soon. I am very positive and very happy and I think I will be back playing by the end of February.''