Fulham FC midfielder Kevin McDonald has revealed that he has chronic kidney disease and has lived with the condition for the past 12 years.
The 32-year-old footballer is due to have a transplant next month, with his brother and one of his best friends both preparing to donate a kidney.
“Football has been great but this needs to take over. I want to get it done now, make sure everything is right and come back from it and live a normal life again,” McDonald told the club’s official website.
The player is hopeful of being able to continue playing professionally after the operation, but also admits it may end his career prematurely.
“I’m 32 and I could probably play until I’m 35. The Premier League is probably too fast, but I know where I am in my career,” he adds.
However, the midfield dynamo has been sidelined this season due to the condition, but working with Fulham’s Under-23 and Under-18 sides to develop his coaching skills.
We're all behind you, Kev. 🤍#FFC
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) March 2, 2021
The Scottish international joined the Cottagers from Wolves in 2016 and has made 128 appearances in all competitions.
“I’ve prepared my whole career knowing a transplant was the end goal,” McDonald divulges.
“We wanted it to happen after football, but the way recent test results have gone, it’s going to be quicker than that.
“I could hold on and have dialysis four times a week to finish my career but there comes a point when certain things just have to be done.
“There are so many benefits for me to have a living donor and I owe my life to them.”
RELATED STORY: Norwich academy striker thankful to kidney donor
By FARPost Reporter