Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni talks about his heart problems
Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Doni will be presented as a Botafogo(SP) player later on Wednesday and is hopeful that he will be able to resume his career next season following his cardiac arrest last July.
Doni, 33, suffered the heart problem last year while undergoing medical examinations at Liverpool and, according to the player, nearly died and has been told not to play again until he gets the all clear from the doctors.
After being released from Liverpool last month he has moved back to Brazil with Botafogo, in the state of São Paulo, and is hopeful he will be able to make his debut this time next year in the Paulista championship.
“I did not know I had serious problem,” he told Lancenet!.
“The doctors said: "It is quiet, in a month we'll release you [to play]", but it did not happen. Until November came and the doctor called me: "I advise you to stop. I cannot say you have a disease, because you don’t, but I cannot not write that you can play. There is no sign neither for nor against."
“I had a arrhythmia , but the exam did not give anything, my heart is not sick.”
Doni was part of the Brazil World Cup team at the 2010 tournament in South Africa and was understudy to QPR keeper Julio Cesar, who has just been recalled to the national team, and the former Roma keeper believes Cesar should be the number one for the Seleção.
“Julio is a bitch of a goalkeeper, he has experience and is playing well at Queens Park Rangers and believe he will be the goalkeeper of the tournament.”