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Nice concerned about Anin's health

June 6, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

The serious car accident which has left Nice midfielder Kevin Anin in an artificial coma will have 'significant consequences' on the player's life, the Nice president has said.

Kevin Anin's long-term health is in doubt following a serious car accident
PA PhotosKevin Anin's long-term health is in doubt following a serious car accident

Anin, 26, was in a Volkswagen Polo on a motorway in his native Normandy on Monday night when it overturned, leaving him with multiple arm fractures and a spinal injury which - French media have reported - could leave him quadriplegic. The former Le Havre and Sochaux midfielder remains in an artificial coma in hospital in Rouen where he will be visited by Nice officials on Thursday.

"The only certainty is that the accident is serious and that the consequences on Kevin's life will be significant. It's hit all of us badly. It's not his career which I'm worried about, it's his health," Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere, who will be among the party visiting Anin, told the media. "The aim for us is going to be to help him for as long as possible. The club will be there for him. Kevin is one of us."

The club has opened a specially-dedicated email account for those who wish to send the Le Havre-born Anin, whose career has been beset by depressive episodes provoked by homesickness, messages of support.

"Kevin doesn't have your classic footballer's mentality," ex-Sochaux team-mate Damien Perquis, who will visit Anin on Tuesday, told L'Equipe. "He plays football because he was just put there. And despite that, he's one of the best number sixes in France. He could have had an exceptional career, but he doesn't give a damn."