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The story of Terell's miraculous fightback to fitness

Reigning Player of the Year quashes retirement talk

19 April 2021

Reigning Player of the Year Terell Thomas has summed up his miraculous recovery from a lung infection, after he put aside talk of retirement to re-join his teammates for training today.

“It’s just good to be back out here,” said Terell. “I feel it’s quite a bit of a revelation to be back out playing again and that everything has cleared up. They’ve said I’ve made a full recovery."

The giant centre-back last played for Wimbledon on January 2 against Lincoln City, before ending up in hospital following a serious health scare.    

“I caught an infection in my lungs. It got worse and caused me to be in hospital for ten days. I was in quite a bad way, but thanks to all the staff at St. George’s Hospital they saw me through it and got me back to being healthy.

“My family and my trust in God really helped me. He’s the one as to why I’ve become better now. The NHS helped me through it, but really and truly if it wasn’t for God being with me when I was in hospital - I don’t know what the other scary outcome would have been.

“Thankfully everyone who I was going through it with kept me upbeat, because I was a bit down sometimes as there was speculation that I might not be able to play football again when I asked the doctors.”

Watch our in-depth interview with Terell Thomas, after his first full session back at our New Malden training base, via the link below to our official YouTube channel.  

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