Tottenham defender Sebastian Bassong has warned fellow pros against the use of pain killing injections.
Bassong specifically highlighted Chelsea captain John Terry‚Äôs reliance on ¬≠injections, which ensured his influential presence on the pitch for both club and ¬≠country.
Bassong said: ‚ÄúIf you get ¬≠injured, take your time. If you look around, you see all these players getting injections in their knees and their backs for a whole season.
‚ÄúIt only masks the injury. When the effects wear off, any player can tell you how much worse it feels. I‚Äôm 24 and I feel like I‚Äôm 35 already. You have to look after your body ¬≠because if it breaks down on you, you will just be replaced at this level.
‚ÄúJohn Terry would play with a pain-killing ¬≠injections every day and then he got to the point where he couldn‚Äôt do it anymore.
‚ÄúIt can only get harder the longer you carry on like that.
‚ÄúIn France, the older players seem to be in better condition because the competition is less ¬≠demanding, but also because they allow the players to ¬≠naturally recover more. I look at a lot of the English players and they have a lot of ¬≠problems.
‚ÄúThis league is not easy and patching people up to play so many games when they are 18 can leave them with a feeling like they only have a few years left when they are 26.
‚ÄúThe earlier you start taking care of your body, the longer your career will be. Look at William Gallas.
‚ÄúHe has played in England for a long time, but he takes a lot of care to monitor his body, which is why he is playing so well now.‚ÄĚ