EX-ARSENAL ace Dani Caballos was just TWENTY MINUTES away from a career-ending injury following a misdiagnosis from doctors last summer.
Ceballos, 25, suffered a gruesome ankle injury in Spain's opening game against Egypt at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
But after sitting out for a few weeks, Ceballos thought it was OK to return to action after doctors told him he had only damaged his ligament.
The Real Madrid midfielder attempted to play in the Olympics final that Spain lost to Brazil.
And it could've been the last time Ceballos kicked a ball professionally if he continued playing for another 20 minutes.
But when he returned to Madrid, doctors told Ceballos it was his talus – which supports body weight, that was impaired.
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Ceballos told Marca: "It has been the worst five months of my life. My ankle did not respond to me.
"I tried to play the final with a bad medical report where they told me that I had an injury of 2-3 weeks where only the ligament was affected.
"Well, no. When I arrived in Madrid it turned out that I had a fracture of the talus, a bone that supports a great deal of body weight.
"The doctors told me that if I had played 20 more minutes after the two infiltrations, I would no longer be able to play football."
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.Luckily for Ceballos, he's been nurtured to recovery by a physio in Barcelona.
And although the injury hasn't cost him his career, it has cost a pretty penny.
He added: "The recovery, it has been expensive, with treatment in Barcelona, a physio who has gone out of his way for me, external people… I have to thank everyone that there is no trace left."
But Ceballos has hardly played for Real since making a full recovery.
His frustration was evident earlier this season when he had a bust-up with Real boss Carlo Ancelotti over a substitution mix-up.
Ceballos' contract with Real expires in summer 2023, but he hasn't made any decision about his future just yet.
His main focus is helping Los Blancos overcome Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final before mulling over his next career move.
He added: "I have one year left on my contract, we haven't talked about it anymore, neither about renewing nor offers.
"There is a very important game left and then we'll talk."
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