Former Fiorentina, Parma and France goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has revealed that he was 'debilitated' by a serious virus which 'could've taken me away'.
"I was hospitalised in an emergency with a fever of 40 degrees and it would not come down," he wrote on Instagram.
"They found a virus that debilitated me completely bit by bit and could have left me far from you all."
The 39-year-old, who last played top-level football for Turkish club Bursaspor in 2015, won two France caps.
"Luck would have it that I overcame this test. I will get back on my feet as I have always done," he added.
"I always played to win and now, with determination and strength, I will also win this battle."
Frey began his career at Cannes, before playing for Inter Milan, Verona, Parma, Fiorentina and Genoa in Italy.