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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 

Goal

,

Kroos

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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