Alvaro Dominguez is mulling over bringing legal action against former club Borussia Monchengladbach after injury forced him to retire from football at the age of 27.
The Spanish full-back reluctantly called time on his career last week after struggling to overcome a back problem that has plagued him for the last two years.
Having failed to fully recover despite undergoing two major operations in the space of 14 months, he is now accusing Monchengladbach of failing to take his condition seriously.
Pouring his heart out to MARCA , Dominguez claimed that his life at Gladbach “became a nightmare” and that he is now weighing up suing the German club for medical negligence:
I’m considering every option and I’m in the hands of good lawyers in Germany.
The club never informed me of the seriousness of my injury. I don’t need to win a court case, I just want them to recognise that things weren’t done right.
They haven’t recognised their mistake, nobody has apologised to me. I just hope that by telling my story I can help other sportsmen.
Dominguez joined Monchengladbach from Atletico Madrid on a five-year contract in 2012, but his last senior appearance came in November of 2015.
Since February in 2015, I had strong pain that worsened every day.
I had an MRI and [Monchengladbach] told me not to worry, that it would go away.
Before a game in May, I was unable to walk. The doctor injected me painkillers and told me that it could happen to anyone.
I trusted him but I wasn’t even able to get on the plane so I went home.
I had some therapy but I was