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Goalkeeper has to retire after losing four fingers in DIY accident

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Juan Obelar

A Uruguayan goalkeeper has been forced to retire after losing four fingers in a freak DIY accident at home.

Former Penarol player Juan Obelar has been left with only a thumb remaining on his left hand after accidentally putting the rest of it through a wood plane.

“I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers,” he said.

“I was on my own, I didn’t have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb.”

The 34-year-old will undergo reconstructive surgery but has been told there is no chance of saving any of the four fingers.

It is not the first time a Uruguayan football has had to retire after losing a body part in an accident - former Portsmouth striker Dario Silva had to quit the game following a car crash in 2006, which saw his leg amputated below the knee.

Obelar was taking six months off from football and was without a club when the accident happened but was planning to make a comeback in January.

“They have already told me I am not going to recover a single finger but they will try to rebuild me a bit,” he said.

“I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment.”

After leaving Penarol in 2005, Obelar played in Honduras and Colombia before returning to Uruguay. His last club was Fenix, in capital city Montevideo.

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