I almost quit football: Sandro

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS) Tottenham's Brazilian midfielder Sandro says he considered quitting football after a serious knee injury in January.

The 24-year-old suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee during Tottenham's goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, reports Xinhua.

"During the early days I told my mother I wanted to quit playing. I only said that because I was in despair as I was doing well before the injury. But my mother calmed me down by saying that it is going to be all right.

"I also appreciate my friends being there for me, especially during the time when I was alone at home. It was depressing," Sandro said.

The injury forced Sandro to miss Brazil's triumphant Confederations Cup campaign. But but he is close to regaining full fitness and is eyeing a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's team at next year's World Cup.

"I am ready and very excited to carry on my work here. I hope that Felipao (Scolari) can see my performances and give me an opportunity."


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