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Nottingham Forest defender Damien Perquis admits considering retirement after broken jaw injury

Marvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in action

The Polish international suffered the injury whilst playing for Real Betis in 2013.

Nottingham Forest take on Barnsley in the Championship tonight hoping to build on their recent 2-0 triumph over Ipswich Town.

One player who will be hoping to play a key role in the game will be Polish defender Damien Perquis. He has become a key player at the City Ground after his move from MLS side Toronto in the summer.

Marvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in actionMarvin Emnes of Blackburn Rovers and Damien Perquis of Nottingham Forest in action

But his career was nearly ended a few years back, as he explained to So Foot this week.

It came after he fractured his jaw whilst playing for Spanish side Real Betis in November 2013. He suffered a double break to the mandible and was knocked unconscious after a nasty clash of heads in the fixture with Malaga.

After initially being ruled out for a month he spent four painful months on the sidelines before making his comeback.

Nottingham Forest's Damien Perquis and Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz  in actionNottingham Forest's Damien Perquis and Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz in action

He told So Foot that he considered retiring during this difficult period, but that listening to the story of Middlesbrough goalie Victor Valdes helped him carry on in the game after returning to action:

“Yes, I thought (about quitting) after my injury to the jaw. It was a difficult time. There was not a single injury to the hamstring.

“I listened to an interview with Víctor Valdés who explained that at the time of his knee injury before the 2014 World Cup, he had rediscovered what being a normal citizen. He had started to heal in Germany.

“During my injury, I really was not a footballer, I was out of the bubble and then I found a normal life. In fact, I found during this period of my things that were essential and that I had lost sight of the football, where you are 100% into it and you will forget the perks.

“These are also times when you can find true friends, those on whom you can count.”

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Valdes of course suffered a severe knee injury in March 2014 whilst with Barcelona and spent 10 months on the sidelines before returning to action at Manchester United.

Now he is playing week-in and week-out in the Premier League with Middlesbrough and Perquis is doing much the same in the Championship with Nottingham Forest.

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