A goalkeeper in Uruguay lost four of his fingers in an accident while doing repairs on his house on Monday and has been told he will never play again.
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Juan Obelar, 34, once played for Uruguayan giants Penarol and won the Honduran league with Marathon in 2008. He left Uruguayan side Fenix at the end of last season to take a break from the game, but was planning to return in January before the accident occurred.
"I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers."
As a goalkeeper, the injury is career ending and although Obelar will undergo surgery to reconstruct his hand, surgeons have said they cannot save his fingers.
"I was on my own, I didn’t have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb," he added. "They have already told me I am not going to recover a single finger, but they will try to rebuild me a bit. It’s painful, but God knows why these things happen."
Manuel Keosseian, who coached Obelar at Marathon, told Laprensa he was saddened by the incident.
"Juan called me and told me what had happened," he said. "I was very sorry as before that I was talking to him and he said he would have liked to return to play in the next tournament with Marathon."