I almost retire from football in 2019, says Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman

Ghana defender Baba Rahman has revealed that he almost quit playing football due to consistent battles with injuries.

The left-back has endured a torrid time since his move to Chelsea from Bundesliga side, Augsburg.

He played 23 times for the Blues in a disastrous campaign in which Chelsea finished 10th and Mourinho got fired halfway into the campaign.

After Chelsea hired Antonio Conte for the 2016/2017 season, Rahman was shipped out on loan to Schalke 04 and started brightly until January 2017, when he suffered a severe knee injury at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.

It took him out for nearly a year and a half and only returned to action in May 2018 when he joined Schalke 04 on loan again.

After playing 2 matches at the start of the following campaign, however, he fell out of favour and never played for Schalke again, returning to Chelsea in January 2019.

In 2019, Rahman joined French Ligue 1 side Reims on loan. He looked to be on the right track for recovery at long last while at Reims, and after playing for Ghana in the 2019 AFCON, he signed a new three-year Chelsea contract and was loaned out to Mallorca for the 2019/2020 season.

Just three weeks later, he damaged a knee ligament again and missed the next three months. He returned to playing after a ‘conservative treatment’ but was a pale shadow of himself.

It was revealed the “conservative treatment” did not work, and he eventually had surgery on both knees, one to properly repair, and the other to repair the damage caused by compensating for the other injured knee.

That kept him out for another 347 days, nearly a year.

Rahman has now revealed he considered quitting the game during all of this ‘hell’ time.

“It was 2019. I just wanted to stop when I first heard the news about my injury. That was the first time I slept early in my life,” he told Footballmadeinghana.com in an interview.

“Normally, I take time before retiring to bed but when I heard the news, I passed out after just under five minutes.

“I wanted to call it to quit but after making some calls and putting some things into consideration I felt like I still had a chance. I feel it like I could still be on the pitch doing what I love most.”

Rahman is gradually rediscovering his form in Greece, having scored 1 goal in 5 appearances for PAOK.

Source: Modern Ghana

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