Energie Cottbus forward Martin Fenin has revealed he is suffering from depression and will be taking a break from football.
Fenin, 24, was signed from Eintracht Frankfurt on tranfer deadline day in August but was missing from the squad for last weekend's trip to FSV Frankfurt, with the Czech Republic international now revealing that his absence was down to him checking into a Cottbus clinic.
The issue of depression is no longer a taboo subject in German football following the suicide of former Hannover and Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke almost two years ago and since that tragedy, many clubs have provided greater support for their players.
"I have finally realised that I can no longer keep my illness under control,'' Fenin said. "The feeling of resignation, loneliness with attacks of depression has been accompanying me for several months now.
"I have tried to fight it, but now I must admit that I cannot resolve this problem without help. Taking medication and drugs that lead to dependency only worsen the condition and this has culminated in the alarming diagnosis.
Energie Cottbus have publicly stated their support for the former FK Teplice frontman, with coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz insisting Fenin will be given whatever help he needs.
"It is a sign of his courage that he has been so open with this self-reflection,'' Wollitz said. "Martin can therefore take something positive out of this negative moment and that should give him the strength for the coming weeks and months, which are going to be tough for him.''