How Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva almost died in Russia

Thiago Silva
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Thiago Silva is in the throes of a brilliant comeback, having joined upwardly mobile Chelsea on a free transfer at the age of 35 – but he will never be able to forget the worst days of his life

Fifteen years ago, the Brazilian star nearly died of tuberculosis in a Moscow hospital, and was rescued by Russian doctors. He spent nearly six months alone in a room, fearful that he wouldn't ever be able to play football again. It could have been much worse.

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Michael Yokhin

Michael Yokhin is a European football writer. In addition to FourFourTwo, he wrote for Guardian, BBC, ESPN, Blizzard, New York Times, Independent, 11Freunde, Josimar and others. He takes keen interest in leagues, teams and players that might be a bit out of the main focus in the mainstream media, and loves football history as well.