Preston striker Sean Maguire has opened up on a freak eye injury he suffered earlier this month which kept him out of Ireland’s games against Switzerland and Bulgaria.
Maguire was struck in the eye with a ball in training when it ricocheted off a number of players, resulting in a “one in a million” injury.
The 25-year-old missed Preston’s game against Nottingham Forest as well as Ireland’s double header at the Aviva Stadium and admitted that he got the “fright of his life” when he temporarily lost sight in his left eye.
“It was a one-in-a-million thing,” Maguire told the Lancashire Evening Post.
“I went to take a shot during training and it hit a couple of players. I didn’t have chance to react and close my eyes, the ball bounced up and hit me in the left eye, straight in the eyeball.
“I got up off the ground and Daniel Johnson was around me. DJ was talking to me and I couldn’t see him, at that point I got the fright of my life.
“My right eye started to come back but when I put my hand over it, I couldn’t see out of the left one. I walked over to our physio Matt Jackson who took a look and knew that something was wrong.
“He said I needed to go straight to hospital and that is when I started to panic and worry. Jacko wouldn’t have said we needed to go to the hospital straight away if it wasn’t serious.”
“Being hit by the ball had burst a few of the blood vessels. I just about had time to take my boots off and I was off to A&E at hospital. For the next five or six days I was sat at home and couldn’t really see out of my left eye.
“I was over-thinking it probably but there was the possibility of me not being able to see out of that eye properly again.”
Maguire continued by outlining that his injury turned out to be mild but that he required a couple of specialists and is still using eye drops to treat it.
“Fortunately it was a mild case and I was able to train in the middle of last week. I went to see a couple of specialists in Preston and then went to see one in Manchester.
“She checked me out and said I was fine to start training, that everything was back to normal. That was nice to hear I must say. Things are fine now, I’m still putting eye drops in but I stop those at the weekend.”
The Irish striker’s injury didn’t affect him in their victory over Brentford last week as he found the net for the second time this season to continue Preston’s strong start to the season.