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Former Chester City striker Junior Agogo opens up on battle with aphasia after suffering stroke – ChesterChronicle.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Former Chester City striker Junior Agogo opens up on battle with aphasia after suffering stroke – ChesterChronicle.co.uk

Former Chester City striker Junior Agogo has opened up on his battle to regain his speech after suffering a stroke.

Agogo, 38, was featured in the BBC Four documentary ‘Speechless’ which chronicled his battle, along with others, with aphasia - the impairment of language that affects the ability to speak or comprehend speech and the ability to read and write.

Agogo played 10 games for Chester during the 1999/2000 season and scored six times during a successful loan spell, including one of the most memorable goals to be scored at the Deva Stadium in a Division Three game against Cheltenham.

He played professional football for 17 years and retired in 2012 having represented clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Hibernian and American side Colorado Rapids. He also played 27 times for the Ghanaian national team.

But in January 2015, aged just 36, his world changed after he suffered a stroke out jogging with his dog near his London home. It was an event that would have a lasting effect.

He told the BBC documentary: “I was running with my dog and I was coming back home and I was near the Marriott Hotel and the stroke happened. When I got up I was in the hospital with my mum sitting there and I couldn’t speak. I was in a bad way.

“Now I’m doing okay, but...”

Agogo spent time in hospital in the aftermath and made a good physical recovery.

Read more at: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/former-chester-city-striker-junior-13832446

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