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'It was awful': 24-year-old Leeds man says he was scared his leg was going to be amputated last year

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Leeds United’s Raphinha has told the Players Tribune that he was scared that he was going to have to have his leg amputated after a challenge by Fernandinho last year.

Real fear

Raphinha was absolutely crunched on a breakaway during Leeds game against City towards the back end of last season.

The Brazilian midfielder took out his international compatriot, in a tackle which would leave Raphinha sidelined for weeks.

In the end the Leeds attacker made it back before the end of the campaign.

However, he really feared that the impact of the injury could be an absolutely disaster, after complications following the challenge.

“I feared I was gonna lose my leg,” he wrote.

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“You remember when Fernandinho fouled me at the Etihad towards the end of last season? He hit my thigh hard. I’m still used to the várzea, where you put ice on it and carry on. No blood, no foul, man! You have to break your leg to get any sympathy there…

“But they [the doctors] said I would miss the rest of the season, though sometimes it felt as if I was gonna lose my leg. Thank God, they never found a blood clot, as they had feared. I stayed there overnight on painkillers and medicines. The next morning I went home, and after three days I could put the crutches aside.

“But then the pain returned.

“I had to have even more blood removed from the leg. I went to the hospital four times — four times, man — and the doctors drained nearly 100 millilitres. It was awful.”

Full recovery

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Thankfully for Leeds and Raphinha he has now fully recovered from that injury.

The former Rennes man has quickly started to impress this season too.

Raphinha opened his goalscoring account with a wonderful finish in the Whites’ game against Everton last weekend.

The 24-year-old has been a wonderful addition to Leeds’ side since he arrived, and his value has quickly risen.

Raphinha is surely set to start at the weekend, when Leeds take on Burnley in their next outing.

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