Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has revealed that he feared for his eyesight following the horrific eye injury he suffered during his sides recent game against Spurs.
Firmino was the victim of a nasty – albeit unintentional – looking eye gouge by Jan Vertonghen in Liverpool‘s recent trip to Wembley to face Spurs, and despite there being no long-lasting damage, he has revealed that he was initially ‘frightened’ at the prospect of losing the vision in one eye altogether.
“I was scared of going blind in one eye and not being able to see again. Thank God nothing like that happened and it gradually improved day after day,” he told Sky Sports.
“Of course, I’ve been taking my medication and looking after it. Your eyes are very important as a professional footballer. Thank God everything is OK now.”
The Brazilian was able to make a quick return to action, coming on as a second-half substitute against PSG, where he would go on to score a late winner, but Firmino described how ‘everything was blurry’ directly after the incident.
“I was frightened, but the pain gradually passed after the doctor gave me a painkiller and it got better,” he added.
“When the incident happened, everything was blurry and I couldn’t see out of my left eye.
“It’s much better. The pain has gone and I can’t feel anything anymore. It’s still a bit red, but I hope that clears up over time.”