Belgian table toppers Anderlecht have announced that striker Nicolas Frutos has ended his professional career with immediate effect. Medical issues prevent the 28-year-old from continuing his career.
"Nico is struggling with Achilles tendon tendinopathy," club doctor Kristof Sas said. "Many people struggle with that kind of injury, often in the middle of the tendon. But Nico’s tendon has been affected in all three positions. The tendon has been affected so badly that Nico can no longer play top football."
Frutos joined Anderlecht from Independiente in the summer of 2005 and quickly developed into an important first team player at the Brussels side. He has made 94 official appearances for Anderlecht, scoring 52 goals in the process.
Technical director Herman van Holsbeeck expressed his disappointment with the enforced retirement of Frutos and made it clear that he's feeling very sad for Frutos.
"This is one of the toughest moments I have experienced as manager," van Holsbeeck said. "This is a rough day for Sporting Anderlecht, but especially very tragic for the player. I feel really sad for Nico that he can't continue to play football."
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