Italian war horse is suffering from double vision due to inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve and is due to have surgery in America in the hope that he can see out his current contract with AC Milan.
"There was a time when I thought the worst, but I want to get back to playing football," Gattuso said.
"It'll take more than this to beat me. The important thing is to not give up. I can train, but I can't play because I have double vision. About 25 days ago there was the risk that I could be forced to retire. The first thing that vice-president Adriano Galliani said to me was to not worry because the club could use me in other ways."
Gattuso then went on talk about the frustration of trying to play with such a disability and his hopes of one day playing again despite the lengthy lay off that will be needed.
"I was advised not to play (against Lazio) as something had already occurred four days earlier, but I wanted to and I stepped out on to the pitch with vision problems. I didn't see Sandro at all. I looked drunk for the first 20 minutes of that game, they were horrible. I saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic in four different positions. After 50 days out, I'll need to wait another four months before an operation can take place to resolve everything."