Leeds United pulled off the impossible a few months ago as they defeated champions elect Manchester City 2-1 with just 10 men, courtesy of a stoppage time winner from Stuart Dallas
But things could have ended on a much sourer note, as Raphinha left the field injured following an unnecessarily reckless challenge from Fernandinho. Raphinha has since revealed that he had feared he would need surgery to overcome the injury.
Things seemed positive initially, with Raphinha telling Marcelo Bielsa “in two or three days I’ll be fine.” However, this wasn’t to be the case. “When I came home and removed the bandage, my left leg was swelling. It was twice as thick as the right.”
Raphinha says he was told by doctors that he had “something called internal haematoma.” And that he “needed surgery to remove all the blood.” He said that he needed to go to the hospital four times as doctors drained around 100ml of blood.
He set himself a target of being able to play the final game of the season at Elland Road, but ended up returning much earlier, and managed to see out the season in typically brilliant form.