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Danny Rose on depression: 'I’ve kept it to myself until now’

CANDID: Danny Rose has opened up about his struggle with depression

TWENTY-SEVEN-year-old Tottenham defender Danny Rose has spoken candidly about his struggle with depression and a challenging year in an interview with several national newspapers.

In January 2017, Rose sustained a severe knee injury, which left him sidelined from the pitch for over eight months.

During his recovery, Rose was also confronted with tragic news in his personal life, which sparked a battle with depression.

"Nobody knows this either, but my uncle killed himself in the middle of my rehab, and that triggered the depression as well,” he said.

“Off the field, there have been other incidents. In August, my mum was racially abused back home in Doncaster. She was very angry and upset about it, and then someone came to the house and nearly shot my brother in the face.”

Despite a difficult home life, Rose said: “I'm lucky that England gave me that opportunity to get away, refresh my mind and I'll always be grateful to them.

“I was on medication for a few months - again, nobody knows about that apart from my agent but I'm off the medication now, I'm good now and looking forward to how far we can go in Russia."

This is the first time the football star has spoken out about his ordeal. Even his parents were unaware of the extent of the impact that these events had had on him.

He said: “I haven't told my mum or my dad, and they are probably going to be really angry reading this, but I've kept it to myself until now."

Rose explained that having to undergo surgery on his knee, despite being told at first that it would not be necessary, only added to his frustration.

He said: "I was getting very angry, very easily," he said. "I didn't want to go into football, I didn't want to do my rehab.

"It all stemmed from my injury when I was advised I didn't need an operation. I don't know how many tablets I took to try and get fit for Tottenham, how many injections I took trying to get fit for Tottenham. I had cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections trying to be fit for my club.

“I had to have an operation four months down the line - after all that football I missed, when the team was flying and I was playing really well, the team were playing really well.”

He added: "I'm not saying I've had worse treatment than anybody else, but it was difficult and that was the start of it."

Irrespective of his trials in the last year, Rose is grateful for the support of his team.

He said: "England has been my salvation and I can't thank the manager and the medical staff enough. It was really hard, and being referred to a doctor and psychologist by the Spurs club doctor helped me massively to cope."

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