Man City starlet Guidetti breaks silence on mystery virus: Dodgy chicken to blame!

Manchester City striker John Guidetti has spoken of the mystery illness which almost wrecked his career.

Manchester City striker John Guidetti has spoken of the mystery illness which almost wrecked his career.

City’s belief that ­Guidetti will make a full recovery was illustrated last week when they handed him a new three-year contract, with Feyenoord, ­Newcastle, Sunderland and Galatasaray all ­interested too.

“I ate a bit of chicken at my ­girlfriend’s birthday party, but it led to food poisoning,” explained Guidetti to the Sunday Mirror.

“It got worse when the illness led to a rare virus which badly affected my nervous system.

“The day after playing a game for Feyenoord I couldn’t even stand on my right leg. I just fell to the ground. The physio told me to go and do a bit of easy ­cycling on the stationary bike, but I couldn’t even do that.

“I was taken to the University ­Hospital in Rotterdam and, when Man City’s club doctor, Philip Batty, turned up on my bedside I realised I was in serious danger.

“A professor in the hospital where I was being treated said my career was hanging by a very thin thread. I burst into tears. I saw my whole future crashing down.

“I wanted to win the Dutch title with ­Feyenoord, which was still possible at the time. I wanted to star for Sweden in the Euros.

“And most of all I wanted to break into the first team at Man City, which I would definitely have done if I had not picked up the virus.

“But I just had no power in my right leg. They sent me to a clinic in Italy and all I could do was an exercise to help me get out of a chair. More than that I just couldn’t do.

“One minute I was in heaven, the next in hell. I could not believe it.”

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