RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tottenham's Brazilian midfielder Sandro says he considered quitting football after a serious knee injury in January.
The 24-year-old suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee during Tottenham's goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
"During the early days I told my mother I wanted to quit playing," Sandro was quoted saying by Sambafoot. "I only said that because I was in despair as I was doing well before the injury.
"But my mother calmed me down by saying that it is going to be alright. I also appreciate my friends being there for me, especially during the time that I was alone at home. It was depressing."
The injury forced Sandro to miss Brazil's triumphant Confederations Cup campaign. But but he is close to regaining full fitness and is already eyeing a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's team at next year's World Cup.
"I am ready and very excited to carry on my work here," he said. "I hope that Felipao (Scolari) can see my performances and give me an opportunity."