Cook warns of dangerous injury effect
Bournemouth defender Steve Cook says time out of the game due to injury can have a negative, dangerous effect on a player.
The Cherries ace recently returned from a groin injury that kept him out for two months after he got an abscess that led to six nights in hospital.
It left him with time on his hands and he says brooding when you've been told your career could be affected is not a place he wants to be again.
"It was a strange one because it wasn't an injury as such, I got an infection in my pubic joint, which put me in hospital for six nights, which was really difficult to take," he told Sky Sports News.
"I had a lot of pain and a lot of time to myself to thinks things over and sometimes that can become a little bit dangerous.
"I had a lot of people around me and people who came and saw me. It was a long period of doing nothing - I was on antibiotics for six, seven weeks - so a long process.
"The mind can play tricks on you sometimes. When you are alone and feeling a little bit down and negative, you can't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
"I was in hospital with a lot of sick people and that's not really where you want to be. I didn't know how long I was going to be in hospital for, and I hadn't been told a date for when I was coming out.
"Thankfully I had a lot of people around me to keep me positive and it helped a lot."
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