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Cook reveals all about his career-threatening injury

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: Oumar Niasse of Cardiff City is challenged by Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on February 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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The Bournemouth defender has revealed how he feels after spending six days in a hospital last February, with a groin injury.

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has revealed the “horrific pain” he suffered from a potentially career-threatening injury.

The 27-year-old spent six days in a hospital in February, after it was discovered that he had an abscess on his groin.

And now, he has revealed how he felt, after pain so powerful that he “couldn’t get out of bed.”

“It was one of the worst days of my life,” he told the BBC. “I couldn’t get out of bed.”

He added: “I was genuinely crying in pain while stuck halfway down my stairs as I had no idea what was going on.”

“I was dripping with sweat and my mind wasn’t there, I was being sick through the pain. It was horrific.”

“It progressed quite quickly and we decided to have an injection in London. What was eventually discovered through blood tests could have ended up being more serious,” he continued.

“It was a really bad infection that could’ve cut my career short had it not been for a routine injection.”

“It’s been a really strange couple of months for myself and scary time for my family,” he said.

“At the moment, you question everything and you’re thankful for the help you receive.

“Now I just want to play football again,” Cook concluded.

The 27-year-old defender has been with Bournemouth since 2012.

He debuted professionally in 2008 with Brighton and Hove Albion, and while there he was loaned five times: to Havant and Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Eastbourne Borough, Mansfield Town, and then to Bournemouth in 2011.

He impressed so much with Bournemouth that he was bought by the team in 2012.