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Diarra Misses World Cup Because of Sickle Cell

TIGNES, France — France midfielder Lassana Diarra was ruled out of the World Cup because of a genetic red-blood cell disorder, according to his Spanish club Real Madrid.

Diarra has now gone home after missing the last three days of training in the French Alpine resort of Tignes, and coach Raymond Domenech has yet to decide whether to call up a replacement ahead of Wednesday’s home friendly against Costa Rica.

Real Madrid said in a statement on its website that Diarra is “now resting at home following medical advice due to asthenic syndrome secondary to a sickle-cell anemia that will be subjected to a hematological study in Lyon Hospital.”

Sickle-cell anemia is a genetic blood disorder where red blood cells form an abnormal and rigid, sickle shape.

“Of course it’s a blow when you lose a player. It’s even harder because it wasn’t a choice, it’s destiny,” Domenech said. “It’s tough for him because I know how much effort he had put into this World Cup. He was one of the driving forces of this team in terms of the way he played and his attitude.”

Diarra has played 27 times for France since making his debut just over three years ago, and was a regular in the qualifiers in a holding midfield role alongside Jeremy Toulalan.

Domenech, who must now rethink his plans as to what formation to play, has until June 1 to name his 23 players for the World Cup. The coach decided to keep his original roster, without Diarra or a sub.

Read the full article HERE

The sad part about this whole situation is that Lassana will probably feel better by the time the World Cup starts in June. But due to sickle cell he has missed his chance. I know it can be disheartening and frustrating to continue to work hard and aim for those dreams, only to be constantly battered down by the frailties of our condition, but  Diarra is actually an inspiration instead of a cautionary tale. Despite the fact that he has sickle cell anemia ~ he is an athlete, and an excellent one at that. He plays with and against some of the best soccer players in the world. He worked hard, and he was good enough to place for the World Cup.

He could have sat on the couch, not even trying to play a sport because of sickle cell. But he didn’t! He worked on his craft, and practiced hard, and didn’t let sickle cell stop him. Watch the embedded video, he is such a determined and dedicated young man. Go Lassana!

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Sickle Cell Warrior

Tosin is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sickle cell. Although sickle cell is a subject often taboo in the communities this condition is most prevalent, Tosin's message is that sickle cell is not something to be ashamed of and you can live a rich and fulfilling life with sickle cell. Sickle cell warriors are the most amazing people in the world, with a great fortitude for compassion, willpower and strength.

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  1. Ihatesicklecell
    Ihatesicklecell May 26, 21:35

    Wow, that guy Diarra is amazing, not to mention fine too. I am inspired by him. I’m proud to see that he did not let sickle cell stop him from doing what he wanted to do. My prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery.

  2. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author May 26, 23:38

    I know right! Many people bemoan the fact that he didn’t get to go to the World Cup, but to him it’s just another hurdle that he will pass. He really is inspirational, determined and motivated. I have a feeling we will see him in the future…and it will be for greater things.

  3. sean
    sean June 17, 08:52

    I love man…good speed

  4. Thomas
    Thomas October 13, 13:12

    What type of Sickle Cell does Diarra have? SS, SC or trait…

  5. Sickle Cell Warrior
    Sickle Cell Warrior Author October 21, 23:09

    I don’t know. I think it’s SS though, that is the most common.

  6. Rachel
    Rachel January 12, 15:46

    Diarra is truly an inspiration in the athletic arena.Ordinary athletes should be inspired by him.If he can never regain his place in Soccer he should redirect his strengths and abilities towards being an athletic coach.

  7. Warriors mum
    Warriors mum February 05, 18:57

    Amazed by this success story! Go Lassana

  8. Warriors mum
    Warriors mum February 05, 19:06

    I made some research and found out it’s the trait. It’s important for those with the trait to educate themselves too when it comes to professional sports.

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