Goalkeeper Juan Obelar retires after losing fingers in accident

Uruguayan goalkeeper Juan Obelar is forced to retire from football after losing four fingers to a wood plane.

A Uruguayan goalkeeper has been forced to retire from football after losing four fingers in a DIY accident.

Juan Obelar, formerly of Penarol, was left with only a thumb remaining on his left hand after accidentally severing his other digits with a wood plane.

"I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers," Eurosport quotes him as saying.

"I was on my own, I didn't have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb."

The 34-year-old will undergo reconstructive surgery, but has been told that there is no chance of reattaching any of his severed fingers.

"They have already told me I am not going to recover a single finger but they will try to rebuild me a bit," he added. "I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment."

Obelar was taking a six-month hiatus from football when the incident occurred, but was planning to return to the sport in January.

Like Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney seems to limit his smoking to the holidays. Many believe that his habit used to infuriate Sir Alex Ferguson.
Read Next:
Rooney: 'We can beat Arsenal'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole