Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)
Star's Fight to Be Fit for FA Cup Final
Byline: PATRICK SAWER
ARSENAL star Freddie Ljungberg tells today of his fear at having a test for Aids.
The player had to wait two weeks before being informed he was in the clear.
He was also tested for cancer after doctors were left baffled by his persistent hip pain.
It turned out that the player had suffered a rare reaction to ink in two tattoos on his body.
Speaking on the eve of the FA Cup clash with Manchester United, he said: "I was frightened.
I was tested, but nobody seemed to know what was wrong with me.
"It all happened during a twoweek period. I was very worried. I did not feel sick or ill, but of course I was injured and we did not know why.
"Eventually the doctors worked out that it was something in the tattoos. I was relieved that they had found out the problem. I am fine now." The tests revealed that Ljungberghad suffered a reaction that had caused the lymphatic gland in his hip to become inflamed and press on a nerve in his side.
Ljungberg, 28, had surgery to remove the gland and missed four weeks of the season.
He returned for last Sunday's final Premiership game against Birmingham and is now desperate to be fit for tomorrow's match.
Today he told how the inflammation had affected him. He said: "I was getting a shooting pain in my Being breastfed cuts cancer risk left hip and we didn't know what it was. First of all we thought it was an old injury.
"But they didn't find anything wrong, even though when I had an ultrasound test it was all really swollen.
"Then they realised that the glands in the hips had caused it by swelling up, but they still didn't know why I had the infection. …