EXTRA TIME: Anichebe relives memorable Everton moment

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The 29-year-old who endured an injury-prone career at the Merseyside club shared one of those unforgettable, tough experiences

Victor Anichebe has revealed Kevin Nolan’s horrible tackle that sidelined for him nearly a year as an event he will never forget.

In an English Premier League encounter that ended 0-0 between Newcastle United and Everton in February 2009, Nolan damaged the Nigerian forward’s cartilage in the right knee and was subsequently shown a straight red card.

Despite the struggles in regaining his fitness after the injury, the former Sunderland and West Bromwich player counts his blessings as he recalls the career-threatening encounter at St. James’ Park.

Anichebe scored 26 goals in 204 appearances in an injury-ravaged English top-flight career before joining Chinese side Beijing Enterprises in June.

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A day I will never forget..this moment changed and altered a lot of things. But what to do..blame, dwell, complain? No because guess what..NOBODY cares. The only thing you can do is get back up and go again. I’ve had so many disappointments/set backs throughout my career which have hampered my career in many ways but these set backs have also made me stronger. Physically it’s so tough but the mental aspect is the real challenge. No matter what level you play at if you’ve been through this knows you what I’m talking about. Some Injuries I’ve taken harder than others as at the time I would be killing it and then 💥🤕 I would sit at home and ask God “Why God why again? What have I done wrong this time” I really don’t know the reasons to be honest. What I do know is that God will never give me more than I can handle and he’s always testing us. People think because I post and go to church I’m super religious but I have my moments where I place blame and turn my back on God. (sometimes it’s like he’s saying to me “are you done yet..when you’re ready I will bless you?”🙄) and I always come back as it’s the only way...he has a plan for all of us which we may not like or understand. What I can say is that through every set back he’s strengthened me 🙏🏾💛 #tbt #foreverblessed

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