I played through pain for six months - Toni Kroos

Sun 26 September 2021 | 20:32

31-year-old Toni Kroos, who seems to be very happy to be back in training with Los Blancos, revealed that he has been playing with pain for a long time at Real Madrid and the German national team.

Speaking to 




said he had been suffering from pain for months and needed medication to deal with it.

"I'm happy because today I was able to do my third training session with the team without being in pain after six or seven months with pain, so it's a very good feeling," he said.

"I have not played in three months, the last game was on June 29, at the European Championship, so I have to gain a little rhythm. But the most important thing is that it doesn't bother me much. 

"From now on we can start talking about the games. We have reached that point where I wanted to be.

"It's been almost eight weeks now, but all the time during the last five or six months I knew that it would come to the point where I would have to stop because it has been a long time. 

"I started feeling discomfort in March or so and knew there was something in my groin. From there I knew that if I continued playing I would get to the point of not being able to anymore, but it was very difficult to stop because I had to play the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the Champions League, then the European Championship.

"It was very difficult for me to stop because of this. Then I told myself that I was going on vacation, to see if in those three weeks it would improve with rest and all that. Later, when I returned to training in Madrid, I tried and saw that I had not improved a bit and that I had to stop."

Kroos added:

"What we did was a lot of work to find out exactly what was there. It was not an option to have an operation or something like that, I have not thought about this because I always prefer, if there is no other way, to do it with conservative treatment, which has always helped me. 

"This has lasted a little longer, it's true, but I have played six months with pain, or not with pain but with a lot of pills and between games with a lot of pain. I knew it would last a little longer now."



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