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Manchester United star O’Shea : Asthma nearly ended my football career

Manchester United star John O'Shea has revealed how asthma nearly ended his Old Trafford dream.

MThe 28-year-old Manchester United and Republic of Ireland star, who has been out all season from a freak leg injury that he suffered in the France v Ireland game in Paris last year, admited that his football career nearly ended before it began.

O'Shea is one of half a million asthma sufferers in the Republic and revealed his battle with the disorder on RTE's Health Of The Nation show last night.

The condition is responsible for around 80 deaths a year as people with severe attacks stop breathing.

O’Shea said: “Without a doubt I was worried it would affect my career. There's a bit of an embarrassment factor as well, before games when you are in a dressing room with friends and teammates and you have to pull out a little blue inhaler and take a puff.

“Everyone is saying ‘what's he doing, what's he taking there?' but it's something you have to get over, really.”

The Republic has the highest level of asthma in Europe —and the fourth highest in the world.

O’Shea managed to become a finely tuned athlete despite the condition, helped by medical professionals at Manchester United.

“It's kept me out of games,” the Waterford man admitted.

“My advice to kids would be not to be ashamed of the inhalers that are there to help you and to make sure it (asthma) is just a small thing in your way.”

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