Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed how he lost four kilograms of body weight after contracting malaria while on international duty in March.
The Gabon forward missed four games after the diagnosis, which left a feeling of lethargy.
The 31-year-old has now detailed how his significant drop in weight and mood swings had him and his close ones concerned about his health. He also stated how he played in Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool without knowing he was ill.
"I was feeling just normal, a bit down - I thought that it was the travel," he said.
"As you know, going to Gabon is not so close to here. I felt just a bit tired, especially against Liverpool, but I thought it was just because of the travel.
"I was feeling very, very bad. This was the worst moment of being sick in my life, it was really hard.
"I had three days in a row, fever, all day and all night, non-stop. Even the paracetamol and stuff had no effects on this. After that, I spoke to the doctor.
"I said I needed to go to the hospital because I had travelled to Africa so maybe it was something like malaria.
"I stayed in hospital for three days. I was really, really down and I think I lost four kilograms. It was a really bad moment and I think my family was a bit scared to see me like this.
"I had some good treatment, it worked well, the doctors and the hospital. I am lucky I got treatment at the right moment, if you don't treat it quickly it can lead to big problems"
He added: "In my mind, I feel more than 100 per cent but physically maybe I am not. Hopefully my body will respond as well but definitely in my mind I am ready."
Author: Jake Wilkin