Leicester's Belgium international full back Timothy Castagne came within inches of having his career finished this summer his father has revealed.
The £22m signing had to undergo intricate surgery to repair a fractured eye socket after a collision in Belgium's Euro 2020 clash with Russia.
Now Pierre Castagne has revealed the true extent of the injury, revealing his son is lucky to still be playing.
He said: “I immediately knew it was serious. Otherwise Timothy would never voluntarily leave the field.
“I was a bit in shock because it was serious. For two hours Tim wept with disappointment and then he turned the switch and his focus went to rehab.”
Mr Castagne told Belgian newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg: “The impact was absorbed by his eye socket, hence the fracture.
“But three inches higher and it was his brain that had absorbed the shock. That would have been much worse, because then he would have suffered a brain injury.
“A week later he went for a check-up. The surgeon repeated there that he was lucky, that the operation was delicate and that he had done his job with it. Fortunately, he was pleased with the result. Now, Timothy is back on his feet.”
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Castagne was signed from Atalanta by The Foxes 12 months ago as a direct replacement for Ben Chilwell who had joined Chelsea for £50m.
He's just resumed playing again but his father also revealed that he was far from happy with the way his son's injury seemed to have been treated lightly by the Belgian press.
He added: “I have also been a footballer, you know that such things are part of it. If Tim had to stop playing football? Then that’s just how it is.
“But you know what I don’t understand? That after that collision there was so little attention in the media and in Belgium for my son.
“Everyone kept talking about Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, while my son had to undergo a very delicate operation. I know he is a defender and does not have the KDB status, but it’s still bizarre that no one paid any attention to him after such a serious injury.”
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