Health my priority - Cahill

Health scare makes defender appreciate game even more

Cahill: Netted his first international goal in Sofia on Friday night

Bolton defender Gary Cahill has revealed a potentially life-threatening blood clot suffered last year has made him put the game in perspective.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed an eventful week, first seeing potential big money moves to Tottenham and Arsenal fail to materialise on deadline day before netting his first goal for England against Bulgaria on Friday.

The former Aston Villa man though considers himself lucky to be playing at all after suffering a health scare in February 2010.

A blood clot, discovered in his upper chest, eventually resulted in him having a rib removed and sidelined the defender for seven weeks.

Had the clot not been detected by the Bolton physio the slightest knock on the football field could have been potentially life-threatening.

Reflect

Cahill has revealed his spell away from the game made him enjoy it more upon his return.

"With myself being ill and missing a long period of time and games, it gave me time to reflect," said Cahill.

"I missed the football but it also put things into reality and your health is your most important thing, full stop.

"That's why now I just tend to try and go out there and just play with a smile on my face and enjoy what I'm doing.

"That's the most important thing. Your health is more important than anything."