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Hume aiming to continue playing

I'll be back better than before - Hume

Barnsley striker Iain Hume has told BBC Radio Sheffield that he wants to continue playing football as he recovers from a fractured skull.

The Canada international needed emergency surgery following a clash with Sheffield United's Chris Morgan on 8 November.

Speaking for the first time since the incident Hume said: "I'm happy that I am out of hospital and I will be back.

"Nothing will stop me from playing, it's my life," he added.

Hume recalled the moment he was rushed to hospital: "I had a CT scan and fortunately for me they spotted the bleed quickly and got me sorted out.

"It's upsetting to know that it was life threatening but the surgeons did a terrific job and I'm so grateful for what they have done for me."

Hume has received messages of goodwill from thousands of fans and Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has offered his support after suffering a similar injury.

"Petr knows what it's like to have a serious head injury so it was nice for him to wish me well.

"He's the best keeper in the world and managed to carry on playing even if he has had to do it wearing protective headgear. If I have to do the same then I'll do it," Hume added.

Hume hopes to return to Oakwell early next month when he plans to watch the team play Reading.

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see also
Barnsley ponder Hume legal action
11 Nov 08 |  Barnsley
Reds look into Hume legal options
10 Nov 08 |  Barnsley

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