Wilfred Bouma has revealed that he was heartbroken when he got the injury which ended his Villa career.
The former defender picked up a terrible ankle injury during the start of 2008/09 season in Intertoto Cup’s clash with a Danish club Odense. After that, he remained at Villa for two more years but couldn’t get a chance to play in a game.
He took part in many training sessions but in doing so he got injured again and Villa had to let him go.
In a recent interview with The Athletic he revealed about the incident which ended his Villa career, he said, “It was dislocated and they weren’t able to put it back when I was on the pitch.”
“The 25-minute journey to the hospital was awful and it was only when I got there that three men were able to bring my foot back. I had really strange thoughts in the ambulance. I was thinking just let me die. I was in so much pain.”
“First, the doctors told me I’d be out for six months. Six months became nine months, then nine months became a year and it went like that. I picked up another stupid injury in training where a team-mate fell on my toe. I just took too long to get fit, but Villa could have let me go in 2008 and I might not have ever played again. There were no hard feelings.”
“It wasn’t how I wanted it to end, but sometimes bad things happen and good things show up later on. For me, that was PSV coming back in for me.”