Former Liverpool stiker Djibril Cisse has said that an ongoing hip injury is likely to force him into retirement at the end of the season.
The former French international forward, currently playing for Bastia, has only made one appearance so far this season – although he did manage to score two goals against former side Auxerre in the third round of Coupe de la Ligue.
But he feels that his days as a professional footballer are numbered thanks to the pain that his injury causes him on a daily basis.
“24/7, I am in pain,” Cisse said.
“In the evening watching TV, all the time. I will be in pain all my life unless I have a hip replacement.
“For one season, I can grit my teeth but two or three, that is not doable. Therefore last season, I think.”
Cisse moved to Anfield just over a decade ago in a deal that was orchestrated by Gerard Houllier before he left the club. The Frenchman struggled at times to feature in the side under Rafa Benitez before suffering a freak injury against Blackburn Rovers that put him out for much of the season.
He did manage to make his return in time for the 2005 Champions League final, where he featured as a substitute and scored one of the penalties in the successful shootout against AC Milan.
Cisse also scored a crucial goal in the 2006 FA Cup final as Liverpool again won on penalties after a 3-3 draw. He latched on to a fine ball by Steven Gerrard to hammer home past Irons keeper Shaka Hislop to bring Liverpool back to 2-1 after being two down.