Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has retired from football at the age of 31, following a knee injury.
Enrique began his career with Levante, before moving to Valencia, Celta Vigo and Villarreal where he gained interest from the Premier League for some consistent performances with the latter.
A move to Newcastle United materialised in 2007 where he would spent four years, before moving to Anfield with Liverpool.
His time in England started to change towards the latter end of his Liverpool career as injuries started to cause problems, seeing him eventually move to Real Zaragoza last season where he would make 24 appearances, undergoing surgery in the middle of the season.
And, it is that surgery and a recurring problem with his knee that has now seen him call time on his career.
“I could not play without medication, I did not even train…it was really hard, too hard,” Enrique told Marca.
“Often I got dizzy in training on so much medication and after every game my knee swelled like a ball and I could barely manage to walk for three days.”
Enrique then bemoaned the injury problems, saying what he had thought was going to a short injury – turned into something longer and unfix-able.
“Something that was supposed to be for three months ended up turning into two years and despite seeing five doctors in England, the problem was not fixed.
“It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it…after surgery, I was never the same, it was frustrating.
“I had been playing for three months with a broken meniscus, I had to escape to Spain because I could not even walk. I could not compete and had a terrible time.
“I had an anxiety attack and thought, ‘what the hell is wrong with me?’ I did not understand it.”
Enrique was capped at international level for Spain at U16, U20 and U21 level but didn’t make receive a senior call up.