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Gunter Played Through Blood Clot In His Leg

The right-back refuses to let anything stop him from taking to the field.

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Former Wales striker Dean Saunders has revealed that a blood clot was found in Chris Gunter's leg, but the Reading man refused to let it rule him out of action.

Speaking on TalkSport, Saunders didn't specify exactly when it was discovered, but claimed that the 27 year old had to take blood thinning injections for six weeks just to make sure he was fit enough to take to the field.

"They gave him thinning injections to thin his blood for six weeks." said Saunders. "He was injecting himself to sort that problem out. Desperate to play, he plays when he's not 100%.

"He just carried on playing. Imagine going home and injecting your own thigh. I know diabetics are used to it but for a footballer, we're like cry-babies aren't we.

"Most players want to play."

Having made an incredible 87 appearance for club and country since the start of last season and 107 appearance since the beginning of 2015, it is no surprise to hear of the defender's superb determination to take to the field.

He is also currently fourth on the list of most Welsh caps with 76 - 16 behind Neville Southall. It is a record that you can certainly see him beating. Gunter will link up with Chris Coleman's squad in the next few days for the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff.

Congratulations are also in order for the right-back, as last night he picked up the Media Choice accolade at Wales' Player of the Year awards ceremony.