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Former Liverpool star Fabio Aurelio suffered serious injuries at Anfield during the club’s Legends match against Ajax last month.

During the international break, Aurelio joined numerous former players from both clubs as Liverpool secured a 4-2 victory on Merseyside.
Aurelio suffered serious injuries during the exhibition at Anfield

In the first half, the 44-year-old was replaced after attempting to stop Kiki Musampa’s goal for Ajax.

As a result of his defensive efforts, Aurelio suffered a punctured lung and five cracked ribs, necessitating an overnight stay at Aintree University Hospital.

In an interview with The Athletic, he recounted the moment when he sustained the injury.

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“I just tried to make the block and as he followed through after shooting, he ended up hitting me with his knee,” the Brazilian said.
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“You don’t expect an accident like that to happen in a Legends match, but when you go out there in front of 60,000 people, the competitive streak comes out.”

Unable to partake in the post-match celebrations with his teammates, Aurelio had to extend his stay in the UK and postpone his return to Brazil due to concerns about his injury.

“I couldn’t fly back last week because of the damage to my lung,” he added.
Aurelio made 133 appearances for Liverpool and earned cult hero statusCredit: Getty

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“At the start, the doctors said I would need to wait three weeks, so I was a bit scared, but the specialist saw the X-rays a few days ago and said it has settled down.
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“The lung is OK and with the ribs, it’s just a matter of time for them to heal.”

During his six-year spell with Liverpool, Aurelio amassed 133 appearances for the club, contributing to their triumphs in the League Cup and Community Shield.

The Brazilian played under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, and Kenny Dalglish, before departing England in 2012 to join homeland club Gremio.

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He subsequently retired from professional football just two years later.

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