Tottenham defender Sebastian Bassong has warned fellow pros against the use of pain killing injections.
Bassong specifically highlighted Chelsea captain John Terryâ€™s reliance on Âinjections, which ensured his influential presence on the pitch for both club and Âcountry.
Bassong said: â€śIf you get Âinjured, take your time. If you look around, you see all these players getting injections in their knees and their backs for a whole season.
â€śIt only masks the injury. When the effects wear off, any player can tell you how much worse it feels. Iâ€™m 24 and I feel like Iâ€™m 35 already. You have to look after your body Âbecause if it breaks down on you, you will just be replaced at this level.
â€śJohn Terry would play with a pain-killing Âinjections every day and then he got to the point where he couldnâ€™t do it anymore.
â€śIt can only get harder the longer you carry on like that.
â€śIn France, the older players seem to be in better condition because the competition is less Âdemanding, but also because they allow the players to Ânaturally recover more. I look at a lot of the English players and they have a lot of Âproblems.
â€śThis 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.
â€śThe earlier you start taking care of your body, the longer your career will be. Look at William Gallas.
â€śHe 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.â€ť