Skrtel: I feared my career was over

October 10, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel feared the worse when he suffered a horrific knee injury against Manchester City last weekend and admitted: "I thought my career was over."

Martin Skrtel
GettyImages / RichardHeathcoteMartin Skrtel twists his knee after getting locked together with City's Chad Evans
The Slovakia international, who will not play again until Christmas, twisted his knee and suffered posterior cruciate ligament damage during the 3-2 win at Eastlands.

The injured centre-back said: "The pain was unbearable. I can't remember a lot about the moment - but it was terrible. I thought that was the end for me.

"I have never suffered anything like that before but I remained conscious and they gave me oxygen to help with the pain.

"I was in shock for a while but now I am coming to terms with what happened. It hurts still but things are getting better.

"I almost ripped the ligament fully - and if I had done that, I would have been out for eight months. But now it will be more like eight weeks if I'm lucky, when I should be able to start training again."

The 23-year-old was eventually told that he would not need surgery.

Liverpool spokesman Ian Cotton said: "Martin was examined by a specialist today, who confirmed the player does not require surgery and is expected to be back playing by Christmas."