DENMARK - The Danish striker Nicklas Helenius has revealed that illness and an addiction to sleeping pills were behind his failed season at Aston Villa.
The 23-year-old joined Villa from Aalborg in the summer of 2013 and there were high hopes for the 6ft 5in forward after he scored twice in pre-season. However, he was to see just 147 minutes of competitive action for Paul Lambert’s side, and returned to Aalborg in August on a season-long loan. The player revealed that a bacterial infection had developed into such a serious condition that he thought he was going to die.
“It ruined me physically because the bacteria couldn’t get out and I couldn’t get the vitamins I needed,” said Helenius. “I thought I had a very serious disease or even cancer.
“I had very bad thoughts and was afraid of dying and those thoughts of dying were with me all the time. I was crying for help. I had to get through this and that’s why I went back to Aalborg to feel comfortable in Denmark. Helenius started taking pills and became reliant on them. “I was addicted to them,” he added. “I was almost like a drug addict, but these pills are not good for your body.”
The player still has another year on his contract at Villa and said he is willing to return to the Premier League club once his loan spell back at Aalborg expires.
The Guardian/Sept. 25, 2014
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