‘Let me die’ – Wilfred Bouma reveals the heartbreaking story of Aston Villa

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Cult hero Wilfred Bouma has revealed his grief at the injury that ended his Love Affair Aston Villa.The Dutch left-back suffered a terrible ankle injury during the intertoto Cup villa clash with Danish club Odense at the start of the 2008/09 season.

He stayed with Villa for two more years, but the night of this summer at Villa Park would be the last time he would shoot the club’s iconic colours.

Almost a decade since he left Villa Bouma has recalled what happened during an emotional interview with Athletic.

“He was dislocated and they weren’t able to put it back on when I was on the field,” Bouma said. “The 25-minute drive to the hospital was terrible and it wasn’t until it got there that three men were able to bring my foot back. I had some really strange thoughts in the ambulance. I just thought I’d let myself die. I was in so much pain.

“First, the doctors told me I would be out for six months. Six months became nine months, then nine months became a year and it happened like that. I took another stupid injury at training where a teammate fell on my toe. I just took too long to get in shape, but Villa could have let me go in 2008 and I might never have played again. There was no hard feelings.

“That’s not how I wanted it to end, but sometimes bad things happen and good things happen later. For me, it was the PSV that came back for me.

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