By Emily Tait
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly in need of eye surgery if he is to continue his career at Old Trafford.
De Gea wears contact lenses when he plays to correct a condition that he has been suffering from since an early age, but after making a number of high-profile blunders on the field, the Guardian reported that the keeper has been recommended to have eye surgery.
He was signed from Atletico Madrid for almost £18 million last summer following the retirement of Edwin van der Sar and, although many of his performance since have been exceptional, the 21-year-old has been at fault a number of times when United have conceded.
These mistakes have cost him his place in the starting line-up, with Anders Lindegaard replacing him for the Red Devils' last three games, but is hoped eye surgery will correct De Gea's vision problem and allow him to progress.
De Gea is not the only Premier League goalkeeper to wear contact lenses, as Everton goalie Marcus Hahnemann wears special tinted contacts during games to help block out the sun's glare.
by Martin Burns