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Q&A WITH SALVA RUIZ

12 Apr 2020
Left-back Salva Ruiz talked of how he is handling the current crisis and the disease he had. He is also pending to return into competition.

Salva Ruiz offered an interview to La Voz de Galicia. He talked of the disease he suffered, aplasia, and how this is affecting him with the emergency of the COVID-19.

Q: On April 26th will be 44 days without training, but after those almost two years of absence this seems somewhat less.
A: Unfortunately, almost four years ago I had spinal aplasia. I practically spent six months without even jogging. And then almost a year without playing a game.

Q: Does the leftover from that helps you carry this any better?
A: Everything I've been through and every little step I had to take has made it so that, now being two months stopped, doesn't seem like too much compared to that. Itís clear that you donít like to be stopped, but in the end the injuries in football are something common and, in this case, even if it was not a proper injury, some of us have had worse luck and we are more used to these breaks. Although this is different.

Q: How was discovered the disease?
A: I had symptoms, but I didn't know how to relate to that disease or any other. A few small spots on the skin, bleeding gums... I had a test scheduled for a couple of weeks after all started, because I had also been sick for a couple of weeks in a row without knowing why. They told me what it was and I had no idea. The good thing was that, as soon as they confirmed it, they told me that most cases were cured, that they had a solution and that it wasnít something evil.

Q: Doctors are not usually friends with making predictions.
A: They usually keep things. You have to get it out of them rather than they tell you about it. Itís normal, they donít want to talk a lot. It is logical.

Q: How did you react to the diagnosis?
A: You get scared. I had no idea what it was. At first, I just asked if I was going to be cured. Then if I would play sports again or if I would have to be on medication and going to the hospital repeatedly and with many other questions on my mind. But they quickly explained to me what it consisted of.

Q: Did you have doubts about whether that placed you among the people at risk in this crisis?
A: I get checked every two or three months. A little over a month ago, the medication I had was eliminated and the treatment was taken from me. In the last control, I already had the levels of a normal person except for platelets, which instead of 120 were at 100. But I have come to have 6,000 platelets. Hemoglobin and all the rest were at normal values and it shouldnít be in the risk group.

Q: What did the treatment consist of?
A: At first, they gave me the medicine by dropper at the hospital so that it would get to the blood sooner. Then I already started taking several pills, especially those that were taken from me a month ago, which were the ones that carried out the treatment. These are good news. I am happy because it has been three or four years with the treatment, and from review to review. I still have to keep going, but they are less and less frequent. I'm very happy.

Q: Having overcome that, have you been afraid during this crisis?
A: Yes, man. But especially at the beginning, when the curve started to go up. I think there was too much misinformation and too much nervousness.

Q: How do you feel when you watch the news?
A: I try not to get too involved in politics. I don't like to read too much of that in the press, although I am interested in the news. I try to find out more than value.

Q: People dodge down the street, do you think we will change?
A: I think at first yes. At least until there is a vaccine and we feel that we are safe again. I think this is going to take a while.

Q: As short as the footballers' careers are, do you feel anguish over this break?
A: Itís upsetting because, as I said, I had a break of almost two years. Almost two years of my career that I couldnít take advantage of and now again three or four months or whatever this. Itís a bummer, of course, but nothing can be done and the first thing we have to take into account is health. Someday we will surely play again.

Q: Since Filipe left, Deportivo hasnít found stability in his position, will it come with you?
A: Why not? If I signed three years here it is because I want to be here. The time I have been here, I am very comfortable despite the injuries I have had. I have found myself with confidence and with the support of the club and the people.

Q: Your arrival was controversial because it involved the exit of Caballo.
A: I know that, when the negotiations were in, there were two left-backs and you can see that when I arrived, one of the two had to leave. As Luis had just arrived, they decided on Caballo, whom I also know from the national team and I think he is a good player and a very good person.

Q: Did you ever speak to him?
A: When I got here, he was saying goodbye. He was annoyed by the start on the penultimate day, but happy to start a new stage.

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