Charly Musonda refuses to give up despite career-threatening knee injury
Chelsea winger Charly Musonda Jr. shared inspiring stories about his struggles with chronic knee injuries which could end his career.
Musonda was a highly-sought 16-year-old talent when he joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2012.
He spent three years at Chelsea youth rank as part of the successful Chelsea academy team who won back-to-back FA Youth Cup in 2014 and 2015, before heading out for a loan spell at La Liga side Real Betis in 2015 where he made 16 La Liga appearances.
It was unfortunately his last time he had a regular season, however.
The 23-year-old has been plagued with recurring cruciate ligament issues in his knee and it really limited his game time during his second season at Betis where he made just one league start (seven from the bench) in 2016/17.
He then went on to go out on two other loan spells at. Celtic and Vitesse Arnhem (two seasons), where he made just 10 appearances which were mostly from the bench.
On August 16 last year, he made his last competitive appearance for Vitesse in the 3-0 over PEC Zwolle before undergoing a knee surgery that has kept him out since.
According to a report from Belgian outlet HLN, the doctor told him that he only has a 20 percent chance of ever playing football professionally again.
But Musonda whose contract at Chelsea lasts until 2022 has not given up on the prospect of returning to the football pitch as he sent a message to Chelsea fans and everyone who dream of becoming a footballer during his rehabilitation in a fitness centre in Dubai.
“It’s been four years since I played back to back professional games, three years since I last played for my club, two of those last four years, I’ve been injured with the post cruciate ligament of my knee,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Nothing but heartbreak and heartache.
“Doctors told me going through surgery after being out for so long would be the end, an impossible mountain to climb, were the exact words.
“I miss football so much, to say the least, and I’m doing everything I can to play once again, to all the kids out there who have a dream and are injured or are going through monumental setbacks, never give up!
“This is my story and how I keep training and staying ready, despite the odds, that one day I’ll be back.”