FORMER Dundee and Scotland star Kevin McDonald is set for a kidney transplant next month.
The 32-year-old Fulham midfielder has revealed he’s got chronic kidney disease and has been managing the condition for 12-years.
Now, however, McDonald’s anxious for a more long term solution – and hasn’t given up hope of resuming his playing career after the required recovery period.
He played 90 league games for first club Dundee between 2005-08 before moving to Burnley.
McDonald’s also since played for Sheffield United and Wolves while he has been at Fulham since 2016.
He won five caps, his last in October, 2018, in a 3-1 defeat to Portugal.
McDonald – sidelined this season with the kidney issue but given coaching duties – said: “Football has been great but this needs to take over.
“I want to get it done now, make sure everything is right and come back from it and live a normal life again.
“I’m 32 and I could probably play until I’m 35.
“The Premier League is probably too fast, but I know where I am in my career.
“Will I want to play football? Will I be ready physically or mentally or do I go down the coaching route?
“I won’t know until I get the operation done and see how I will feel.”
Carnoustie-born McDonald was originally to have surgery this month but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a delay to all transplants.
His brother and a best friend are both preparing to donate a kidney.
McDonald added: “I’ve prepared my whole career knowing a transplant was the end goal.
“We wanted it to happen after football, but the way recent test results have gone, it’s going to be quicker than that.
“I could hold on and have dialysis four times a week to finish my career. But there comes a point when certain things just have to be done.
“There are so many benefits for me to have a living donor and I owe my life to them.”
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