Nottingham Forest injury was last straw as midfielder Mikele Leigertwood decides on retirement

Former Crystal Palace and Reading midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has decided to retire.

Former Premier League and Championship midfielder Mikele Leigertwood has announced his retirement.

The midfielder is still only 32-years-old, but has been without a club for more than a year, and has struggled with injuries.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "There comes a point, as hard as it is, when you know you have to give up."

Leigertwood was released by Reading at the end of an injury hit 2013/14 season in which he played just four times, for a club he had scored goals for in the Premier League.

After battling back from an ankle injury which sidelined him for the Royals, he joined Nottingham Forest in pre-season a year ago in an attempt to win a contract, which he believes he was on course to do until poor fortune struck.

He said: "I had to go and prove myself, so went on trial at Nottingham Forest. I spent the best part of a month there but in the last pre-season game against West Brom I picked up an injury from nothing. I landed awkwardly and damaged and partially dislocated my hip in the socket."

The midfielder said that while he attempted to get fit enough to play again, he was experiencing pain in day-to-day activities and decided now is the time to retire and attempt to take up coaching, doing his badges in the summer.

His bad luck was also a disappointment for Nottingham Forest boss at the time Stuart Pearce, who told The BBC he was still keen on the veteran.

He said last August: "He is the type of person I would like to work with. If he came in with a clean bill of health, I would have offered him a contract sometime back.

"He understands the game, understand the position. If we can get him fit, there will certainly be something at this football club for him."

It was not the only injury bad luck to befall Pearce last season, with captain Chris Cohen suffering a third serious knee injury just weeks into the campaign, which he is yet to recover from. Had it not been for fitness issues, the club's midfield could have a very different feel, and perhaps the club legend would even have lasted longer as boss. 

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