Jack Wilshere has revealed he almost quit football because his son’s ill health made him not care about rehabilitation from injury.
The West Ham midfielder has struggled with injuries throughout his career and made just four Premier League starts for the Hammers after arriving last summer.
Wilshere's son, Archie, suffered from seizures and that almost forced him out of football.
“I always think about one injury and it always plays in my head. It was in 2016, maybe 2015, and I picked up an injury in training. It was tough to take because I was making my way back to where I wanted to be and all of a sudden my four-year-old son was having seizures on the floor," Wilshere told the documentary Athlete’s Stance.
“It happened time and time and time again, every day for maybe three or four months and there were times when in the middle of the night I’d be rushing to hospital.
“Me and my wife would sit up most nights because most of the seizures were happening at night. So we'd put him to bed but most of the time we couldn’t sleep because we didn’t know what was happening with him, so we’d just sit up.
“I just forgot about football. I remember saying to my wife, “I’m not sure I can do this anymore’.”
Wilshere returned to fitness at the end of the season for West Ham and made the bench in their final few matches.