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Moore out to cap tough year with finals spot

 

Career worries: Kieffer Moore
Career worries: Kieffer Moore

By Phil Blanche

Kieffer Moore plans to fire Wales to the 2020 European Championship just nine months after a fractured skull left him fearing for his future.

Moore suffered the horror injury - similar to the one which ended the career of Hull and England midfielder Ryan Mason in 2018 - playing for former club Barnsley at Gillingham in February.

The striker was unconscious on the pitch for eight minutes after challenging for a header.

Moore was rushed to hospital and in the following days the 27-year-old was forced to contemplate retirement and a future career as a personal trainer.

"It was a horrendous injury," Moore recalled ahead of Wales' vital Euro 2020 qualifier in Azerbaijan tomorrow.

"At the time I didn't remember much. But as the weeks went on I started remembering it all again.

"The defender headed the side of my head, I fractured my temporal bone and had a really nasty concussion.

"I had blood streaming out of my ears. It was quite graphic.

"I didn't have an operation, but I had a CT scan and multiple other scans and they determined the outcome."

Moore spent two months out before playing a few games at the end of the season and then joined Wigan in a reported £3million summer deal.

"It was all about proving myself to even get on the pitch, and then once I was there I knew that it would shine through" he explained.

"Qualifying for the Euros would be a massive achievement and honour, not just for me but the whole nation. It would be unbelievable."

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