Saturday, April 7th, 2012
“I was afraid to die, and then past that, I thought about retiring from football.” – Antonio Cassano.
It has been a season with its fair share of tragedy in world football, so we should undoubtedly celebrate the amazing return of Antonio Cassano to the San Siro this afternoon.
In late October the AC Milan forward was hospitalised after suffering stroke-like symptoms on a flight back from the Rossoneri’s 3-2 victory at Roma on October 29.
The former Real Madrid striker underwent minor surgery in early November to repair an atrial septal defect in his heart and was ruled out of action indefinitely – with more than a few predictions that Cassano’s career was over.
Earlier in the week Cassano returned to training and following a practice match against the AC Milan youth team was declared fully fit by a 10-man body representing the Italian Sports Medicine Federation.
Cassano was brought on for the final six minutes of AC Milan’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina on Saturday which saw them cede top spot to Juventus in Serie A, but marked an incredible return for the Italy striker.
Hopefully, Cassano’s return can be inspiration for Fabrice Muamba and Stiliyan Petrov who are recovering from a cardiac arrest and acute Leukemia respectively.