A True Warrior: Lassana Diarra

Posted: May 29, 2010 in soccer, Sports
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Sad news for a brilliant footballer.

Real Madrid defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra has been ruled out of the World Cup and possibly ruled out of a career of football altogether as he was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia by French National team doctors.

Diarra hardly played in the last few months of Real Madrid’s 2009/2010 campaign. And when he did, he didn’t look as sharp as usual.

Not much was known about Lass’ sudden drop in form and lack of appearances, and it is a mystery that his condition went undetected for so long in his career. It is reported that the condition was only found because of the location of where ‘Les Bleus’ were training: 3,000 feet above sea level.

Medical teams are still working on which treatments to use. There is currently no available cure for this disease. Sickle-cell anemia is often found in those of Sub-Saharan African descent and it causes long-term chronic pain and fatigue. Those who are treated properly, can live into their forties or fifties (ttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/…CA_WhatIs.html).

On a personal note, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to Lassana and his family. He is a brilliant footballer and one of the best defensive midfielders in the World when healthy. It is sad to see another Ruben De La Red on our hands, but it has to be said that football should be the least of his worries right now.

i Animo Lass !

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