But the player, who hails from east London, tore his Achilles tendon while on loan from LA Galaxy at AC Milan in March, and was ruled out of what would have been his fourth World Cup.
Surgery is often the best treatment option to repair an Achilles tendon rupture.
David Beckham says he is doing well after an operation on his ruptured achilles tendon.
Pitt insisted on doing much of his own stunt work on the film, and the production had to be delayed when he injured himself, ironically in his Achilles tendon.
Debbie Salamone, who went to work for Pew after a shark severed her Achilles tendon in 2004 in Florida, said that at first "I was really not a big fan of sharks.
Months later, he ruptured his Achilles tendon playing basketball, hindering his work as a janitor.
But he regularly treats weekend warriors with chronic tendonitis and, more seriously, ruptures of the achilles tendon, which require prompt medical attention.
It ’s a little tendon next to the Achilles tendon where he had the friction.
The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone.
They started to question his commitment immediately after his Olympic withdrawal and worried about him as he struggled to recover from the Achilles tendon injury.