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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.
Nilis has not played for Villa since September when he suffered an horrific leg break at Ipswich Town after a collision with goalkeeper Richard Wright.
Nilis 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.