Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter has revealed he almost lost his sight following an on-pitch collision with Hannover’s Sarenren Bazee.Ginter had to be carried off the field on a stretcher with horrific injuries following clash of heads with striker Bazee during a Bundesliga match between the sides in November.It was then confirmed that the 24-year-old had suffered a fractured eye socket and broken jawbone that later required surgery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After six weeks on the sidelines Ginter, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, made his comeback in a friendly at the club’s winter training camp in Spain on Monday.The Germany international has since revealed how close he was to suffering a life-changing injury that could have ended his career.”I was very fortunate, because the optic nerve and muscle of my eye were only just missed,” he told sport1.de.“The doctor explained to me that, if the injury had been only an inch closer to the eye, I would have had to undergo emergency surgery that same evening because my eyesight would have been in danger.”Of course, it makes you think about it [how he would have to retire from football had he lost his sight] and I realised that my career can be over from one day to the next, which is not a nice feeling, but is part of our business.”Ginter also expressed his gratitude to Bazee for contacting him after the incident to check on his condition.The Nigerian striker suffered concussion following the collision and has yet to make a return to full fitness.”That [Sarenren Bazee contacting him] was a great gesture from him and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him, that he too will get 100% fit again,” Ginter added.If he shows no ill-effects from his friendly comeback, Ginter could return to competitive action when the Bundesliga resumes later this month after the winter break.Gladbach begin 2019 with a trip to Bayer Leverkusen on January 19 before a home game against Augsburg the following week.Dieter Hecking’s side are currently third in the table, nine points behind leaders Dortmund.
“I was in my car and, when I stopped my car, the car itself was shaking as if someone was pushing it back and forth.”The quake was 213 km (132 miles) deep and centered 254 km (158 miles) northeast of Kabul in Badakhshan province. The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured the magnitude at 7.7, then revised it down to 7.5.Just over a decade ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake in another part of northern Pakistan killed about 75,000 people. “They fell under the feet of other students,” said Abdul Razaq Zinda, provincial head of the Afghan National Disaster Management Agency, who reported heavy damage in Takhar. A major earthquake struck the remote Afghan northeast on Monday, killing at least 135 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi, officials said.The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centered. In Pakistan, 102 deaths were reported by early evening, most in northern and northwestern regions bordering Afghanistan, officials told Reuters.Particularly hard-hit in Pakistan was the northern area of Chitral, where 20 people were killed, police official Shah Jehan said. The death toll was likely to rise because so many areas were cut off from communications, he said.Journalist Gul Hammad Farooqi, 47, said his house had collapsed. “I was thrown from one side of the road to the other by the strength of the earthquake. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he said. In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to flee their school building in the northeastern Afghan province of Takhar, just west of Badakhshan province where the tremor’s epicenter was located. Shockwaves were felt in New Delhi in northern India and across northern Pakistan, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them. No deaths were reported in India.“We were very scared … We saw people leaving buildings, and we were remembering our God,” Pakistani journalist Zubair Khan said by telephone from the Swat Valley northwest of the capital Islamabad. In Afghanistan, a total of 33 were reported dead on Monday. In addition to the 12 schoolgirls in Takhar, seven people died in the eastern province of Nangarhar, two in Nuristan province in the northeast, three in eastern Kunar province and nine in Badakhshan, officials said. “There is a great deal of destruction here, and my house has collapsed, but thankfully my children and I escaped.”Further south, the city of Peshawar reported two deaths but at least 150 injured people were being treated at the city’s main hospital, the provincial health chief said.In Afghanistan, international aid agencies working in northern areas reported that cell phone coverage in the affected areas remained down in the hours after the initial quake.“The problem is we just don’t know. A lot of the phone lines are still down,” said Scott Anderson, deputy head of office for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Kabul.Badakhshan provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adib said about 400 houses were destroyed but he had no figures on casualties.“Right now we are collecting information,” he said.The earthquake struck almost exactly six months after Nepal suffered its worst quake on record on April 25. Including the toll from a major aftershock in May, 9,000 people lost their lives and 900,000 homes were damaged or destroyed there.The Hindu Kush mountain region is seismically active, with earthquakes the result of the Indian subcontinent driving into and under the Eurasian landmass. Sudden tectonic shifts can cause enormous and destructive releases of energy. (Courtesy Reuters)