In other days, to seek the sources of the Nile--fontes Nili
quoerere--was regarded as a mad endeavor, a chimera that could not be realized.
Ireland's defence were caught out and Nilis
scored his second goal to put Belgium ahead again.
The midfielder admits that just a glimpse of Martin Taylor's clumsy challenge on the Brazilian-born Croatian international was enough to bring back bad memories of Nilis
' compound double leg break at Ipswich in September 2000.
Belgian striker Nilis
, playing only his third league match for Villa following a transfer from PSV Eindhoven, was forced to retire early following a sickening collision with Ipswich keeper Richard Wright.
John Gregory seemed to have pulled off a masterstroke when he signed Nilis
on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven that summer.
The last sight of Nilis
in a claret-and-blue shirt was when he left the action on a stretcher.
And although he has worked hard to regain fitness back in his homeland, 33-year old Nilis
fears specialists telling him he can never play again.
has not played for Villa since September when he suffered an horrific leg break at Ipswich Town after a collision with goalkeeper Richard Wright.
admitted: "It was the worst moment of my life to be told I might have to lose part of my leg - that will live with me forever.
2003: Cowan's sickening injury; 1996: Busst's leg snaps as he collides with Irwin; 2000: Luc Nilis
' career is ended as he hits Wright; 1999: Larsson's break left him in agony
That poor fellow Nilis
. What a tragedy, similar to one we had to deal with when Pierluigi Casiraghi suffered serious injury.
He realises that his incident was not a million miles away from the one at Ipswich last week that has put Belgium international Nilis
out for the rest of this season after a clash with goalkeeper Richard Wright.