Juventus winger Douglas Costa has admitted that he has considered the possibility of hanging up his boots following his consistent injury woes, Goal reported.
Costa has been dealt with hamstring and calf injuries which have resulted in him missing nearly 17 matches this season.
"There are times when I think: ‘Can I still play?’" he told The Players’ Tribune.
"[That’s] because I go out on the pitch and get injured again. Then, when I watch it on TV, I remember this is my passion and that I can still play at a high level.
"This is what keeps me alive, I know football comes easy to me. It has nothing to do with money or being famous.
"The point is to do what you enjoy and have fun doing it. That’s my objective. I joke with Alex Sandro that I’ve had more scans than I’ve played games."
Costa has made 30 league appearances when he made the loan move Juventus during the 2017/18 season but he has gotten to a point where he feels fans have not seen his abilities to the fullest.
"People say, ‘Douglas has the potential to be one of the best in the world, but injuries are holding him back'. That annoys me," he said.
"I have the potential to be a top player, but for reasons out of my control, I can’t be.
"Every time I get injured, I ask myself: ‘What did I do wrong?’ I wonder why I can’t play consistently. It’s something that hurts me.
"Therefore, I asked for help. I don’t know if you’ve heard of a mental coach. They’re not a psychologist, but they show you how childhood facts can still affect you."