Dani Ceballos sustained the nasty injury in Spain's opening Olympic Games fixture with Egypt
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‘It’s been the worst five months of my life’: Former Arsenal player Dani Ceballos reveals he was 20 MINUTES away from never being able to play football again after fracturing the bone that supports ‘a great deal of bodyweight’

  • Dani Ceballos sustained the injury at Spain’s opening Tokyo Olympics fixture
  • The midfielder had been given a bad medical assessment initially after the injury
  • When he returned to Spain the full damage of what he had done was realised 
  • The former loanee has endured a tough season in Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has revealed the full extent of the injury he sustained at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

Ceballos, formerly on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, said that the fractured talus bone he sustained in Sapporo and subsequent misdiagnosis that allowed him to try to play only three weeks later nearly saw his career prematurely ended. 

The Spaniard said that after a short spell on the sidelines at the tournament believing he was building himself back up to full strength, he tried to be fit for Spain’s Olympics gold medal match with Brazil.

Dani Ceballos sustained the nasty injury in Spain's opening Olympic Games fixture with Egypt

Dani Ceballos sustained the nasty injury in Spain’s opening Olympic Games fixture with Egypt

Naturally, he lost his fitness race to be ready for that game and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise with Ceballos revealing that he was only 20 more minutes of action away from never being able to play again. 

He told Marca: ‘It has been the worst five months of my life. My ankle did not respond to me.

‘I tried to play the final with a bad medical report where they told me that I had an injury of 2-3 weeks where only the ligament was affected.

Ceballos had believed that he could be fit for the final after working hard to try and make it

Ceballos had believed that he could be fit for the final after working hard to try and make it 

‘Well, no. When I arrived in Madrid it turned out that I had a fracture of the talus, a bone that supports a great deal of body weight.’

The talus sits beneath the heel bone and the two bones in the lower leg, the tibia and fibula.  

He added: ‘The doctors told me that if I had played 20 more minutes after the two infiltrations, I would no longer be able to play football.’

Ceballos said he returned to Spain and was sent to a ‘expensive’ physio in Barcelona where he was nurtured back to full health. He said that he only has them to thank because there is no ‘trace’ of the injury left. 

However, when he returned to Spain it transpired that he had fractured his talus

However, when he returned to Spain it transpired that he had fractured his talus

Despite overcoming his battle with a quite serious injury, Ceballos has found minutes at Real Madrid this season hard to come by.  

The triumvirate of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric is the preferred midfield of manager Carlo Ancelotti and Ceballos’s public outrage at the Italian back in January over a substitution shows just how frustrating it has got at times for the player. 

His contract expires in 2023 but said that negotiations between him and the club had not yet begun. 

‘I have one year left on my contract, we haven’t talked about it anymore, neither about renewing nor offers,’ he added.

‘There is a very important game left and then we’ll talk.’

Having been nurtured back to full fitness, he has found minutes hard to come by at Real Madrid this season under Carlo Ancelotti

Having been nurtured back to full fitness, he has found minutes hard to come by at Real Madrid this season under Carlo Ancelotti

The Spaniard's public frustration at Carlo Ancelotti over not getting on laid bare the difficulties of having to manage so many players

The Spaniard’s public frustration at Carlo Ancelotti over not getting on laid bare the difficulties of having to manage so many players 

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