Brighton defender Connor Goldson is determined to return to playing after being diagnosed with a heart issue.
The 24-year-old requires preventative surgery after the problem was discovered in routine cardiac screening by the Championship club.
“Football has always been my life but at 24 this has put my life into perspective,” he posted on Twitter.
“I know I’m strong enough to recover and determined to be back on a football pitch where I’m happiest.”
Goldson has been ruled out for the rest of the season by the Seagulls, and a precise timescale for his recovery has not been given.
Heart defects previously forced former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba and ex-England and Nottinghamshire cricketer James Taylor to retire.
Goldson thanked his team-mates, Albion staff, girlfriend and family for their support during the “toughest few days” of his life.
“Your support had kept me positive,” he wrote. “I am so grateful to the be at the club I am at.”
Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale said Goldson’s diagnosis came as a “big shock” to the squad
Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale was among those to praise the centre-back’s resilience.
“It’s hard because Connor is a valuable member of the squad on and off the pitch,” Stockdale told BBC Sussex following Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Brentford.
“It was amazing how he came out of it positively. I’d quit football for him if it meant him staying alive. You don’t want to see people in that situation.”
Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy said he was “devastated” for the former Shrewsbury player.
“You don’t like that stuff happening to your team-mate,” the 25-year-old said.
“It was difficult because it is not just a football thing, but a life matter. You worry as you are close to him but we all believe he will be fine and will be back.”