Bobby Copping went up for a routine header in a training game last July. He ended up in hospital for four days after suffering a mini seizure, losing his sight and going numb down one side of his body.
The Peterborough United defender hoped it was a one-off “freak accident”.
But in his comeback game the same thing happened. The injury has ended his career at just 19, having just started to make his breakthrough to the first team.
“That’s what makes it scary is how quick things can change because I was absolutely flying, playing really well, doing everything I could to be the best I can and then I headed a ball and my career is finished,” he told BBC Sport.
‘Still suffering with symptoms’
After the reoccurrence of the injury, Copping was sent to see a specialist and was diagnosed with trauma triggering episodes.
He’d never experienced any problems at any point of his career and had been heading a ball since he started playing…
— to www.bbc.co.uk