Wales full-back Conor Roberts discussed the extent of a bout with pneumonia he had battled for nearly 12 months, and revealed that his doctor was unable to tell his wife at one point if he was capable of withdrawing.
The 27-year-old has been a mainstay for Wales for a number of years, playing a key role at Euro 2020 and through their first World Cup qualification in 64 years, but Roberts spent time in hospital last year and admitted his point. Their life changed due to illness, as well as due to the birth of his daughter.
“I caught pneumonia and was in the hospital for a few days. I was really, really struggling,” said Roberts.
“My wife was home and she was asking the doctors, ‘Is he going to be okay?’ He couldn’t actually give her the answer that I would be fine because a high percentage of people who have what I have, actually don’t.
So the fact that I’m still playing, and I can still do what I’m doing, is good.
“My life has changed a lot – I have a little daughter now – so I play football when I get a chance and when I do play I try to do my best. But if I’m useless, who cares? Go home and see her, nobody can take that from me.”
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Roberts’ game relies on high energy and covers a lot of ground – something Swansea, Burnley and Wales supporters have grown accustomed to over the years, and the player admitted he had concerns while recovering whether he would be able to hit the same physical object. levels as before.
He continued, “I worried about it because it affects the lungs and I had to do many tests.” “I was told by the people who read those scans that what I had experienced was severe. It wasn’t something simple.
“Everyone knows I like to get up and down when I play, and run all day, so obviously my lungs are a big part of being able to do that.
“I was a little worried. But when I came back to Burnley at the end of last season, I felt fine. Since then we’ve qualified for the World Cup, so I can’t do it badly.”
Wales have had to push back their training sessions by a few hours since arriving in Qatar due to the sweltering heat, and are due to take on Iran in their second group match on November 25 at 1pm local time – something the players will have to contend with. As they try to advance through the group.
Still, Roberts relishes the challenge and doesn’t worry about it—admitting the heat doesn’t bother him: “I’m enjoying it. I’ve been on vacation a few times to Dubai and I love running in the heat, so it’s just going to be the same.
“When I put on a Wales shirt, I feel like I can run all day. I’m going to keep going. I’m looking forward to it. It could be 100 degrees and it won’t bother me.
“The conditions will be different than the ones we’re used to, but there’s nothing I haven’t experienced before. I’ve played in Croatia, Baku and other places, so I’ll be fine.”