Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis has a remarkably positive outlook after suffering a broken leg, saying he is "very lucky to have an obstacle" to overcome.
The Brazil international had to be taken off in the 62nd minute of Atletico's 5-1 Europa League win – which helped them to an 8-1 aggregate triumph – at Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.
He tracked back to make a last-ditch challenge on Lokomotiv striker Eder, poking the ball away as the Portugal international lined up a shot.
As Filipe Luis prodded the ball away, Eder let fly and kicked the back of the Atletico man's leg, causing his fibula to fracture.
Atletico confirmed on Friday the left-back has successfully undergone surgery and is likely to be away from training for about eight weeks, but he is remaining positive.
"Thank you very much for so much affection," he wrote on his official Instagram account. "Many say it was bad luck – I think otherwise. I'm very lucky.
Muito muito muuuuito obrigado por tanto carinho. Muitos dizem que foi azar, eu penso o contrário, eu tenho muita sorte. Muita sorte de ter um obstáculo no meu caminho, para poder sentir o carinho de tanta gente, de ver que há muita bondade no mundo, de ver como as pessoas se unem para dar forças, e assim poder superar os obstáculos. Eu agradeço cada segundo da minha vida, é realmente maravilhosa. Eu creio em Jesus. Tenho todos os motivos para ser positivo. Minha vida foi construída no caminho que Deus me iluminou, onde nunca duvidei, por pior que pareçam as coisas, mais eu me fortaleço. Eu tenho fé. Eu não vou desistir, vou lutar até o final, em todos os momentos de minha vida. Amo todos vocês, muito obrigado pelas mensagens, obrigado aos meus amigos por estarem do meu lado, obrigado por me fazer sentir especial. Muuuuchisimas gracias por tanto tanto tanto cariño. Mucha gente dice que ha sido mala suerte. Yo no pienso así, pienso que tengo mucha suerte. Suerte de tener un obstáculo en mi camino, y sentir el cariño de tantísima gente, ver que hay mucha bondad en el mundo, ver como las personas se unen para dar fuerzas y ánimos, y así, poder superar el obstáculo. Agradezco cada segundo de mi vida, es realmente maravillosa. Yo creo en Jesús. Tengo todos los motivos para ser positivo. Mi vida ha sido construída en el camino que Dios me guió, no he dudado ni un solo segundo, y cuanto peores parecen las cosas, más fuerte me siento. Yo tengo fe. No voy a rendirme, voy a luchar hasta el final, en todos los sentidos de mi vida. Os quiero a todos, muchas gracias por vuestros mensajes, por vuestros ánimos, por estar siempre a mi lado, y por hacerme sentir especial.
"Very lucky to have an obstacle in my way, to be able to feel the affection of so many people, to see that there is a lot of goodness in the world, to see how people unite to give strength, and thus to overcome obstacles.
"I appreciate every second of my life, it's really wonderful. I believe in Jesus. I have every reason to be positive.
"My life was built in the way that God enlightened me, where I never doubt, however bad things seem. The more I strengthen myself.
"I have faith. I will not give up, I will fight to the end, at all times of my life.
"I love you all, thank you very much for the messages, thank you to my friends for being by my side, thank you for making me feel special."
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