After what happened to Andre Gomes during Everton’s game vs Tottenham, it brings back memories of the similar events in the football world.
It may be the beautiful game, but since inception, we have seen some serious injuries that have seriously impacted players careers. Whether it has come from a reckless challenge or a freak incident, here are ten of the worst injuries that we have seen on the football pitch.
Honorary Mentions: Hugo Lloris vs Brighton and Hove Albion, 2019, Alan Smith vs Liverpool, 2006, Kurt Zoumavs Manchester United, 2016, James McCharty vs West Brom, 2018, Daniel Amarteyvs West Ham 2018. Seamus Coleman and Henrik Larsson.
10. Ryan Shawcross – Stoke City v Leicester City, July 27, 2019
He would go down as villain to anyone thinking of injuries like this as he injured Aaron Ramsey when Arsenal faced Stoke back in 2010 but Ryan Shawcross himself suffered his horror injury in Stoke’s pre-season friendly with Leicester City. The club captain slid in for a challenge on Marc Albrighton just before half-time and won the ball near the touchline. His left leg appeared to buckle underneath him and appeared to break his leg as he went down.
Recovery : He’s still sidelined and is expected to be out until 2020
9. Luke Shaw – PSV v Man Utd, September 15, 2015
Shaw admitted he feared he may never play again after suffering the horrific double leg break. The Manchester United and England fullback was out of action for 10 months after suffering the outrageous injury in a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.
Recovery: Shaw made his comeback in a 2-0 friendly win at Wigan in mid-July and is now a starter for Man United under Ole Gunner Solskjaer
8. Djibril Cisse – Blackburn v Liverpool, October 30, 2004 and France v China, June 6 2006.
Horror injuries have become almost as big a trademark for French forward Cisse as his eye-catching hairstyles.
Cisse’s first leg break happened at Ewood Park while playing for the Reds. He managed to fracture both the tibia and fibula of his left leg not a result of a tackle, but rather from an awkward fall after the striker caught his blade boots in the turf.
Two years later, unbelievably, he was forced to miss the World Cup finals after shattering his right leg during a pre-tournament warm-up clash against China.
Recovery: If it’s possible for there to be a plus side to breaking your leg, it does appear that Cisse is something of a miracle man when it comes to recovering from such blows. On each occasion, he was out of action for just seven months.
7. Eduardo – Birmingham v Arsenal, September 23, 2008
On 23 February 2008, Eduardo suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in a match against Birmingham City, following a tackle by Martin Taylor, for which Taylor was sent off.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger initially called for Taylor to be banned for the challenge, although he later retracted those comments.
Recovery: Eduardo was out for 11 months and 51 weeks before he returned in an FA Cup tie against Cardiff. In that match, he pulled his hamstring!
6. Petr Cech – Reading v Chelsea, October 14, 2006
In October 2006, champions Chelsea travelled to Reading in the Premier League. During the game, Cech received a serious injury to the head, which has resulted in him wearing a helmet in games ever since. The injury was caused when Reading player Stephen Hunt collided with the goalkeeper as they both chased after a loose ball. The Czech goalkeeper fractured his skull and needed an emergency surgery to save his life.
Recovery: After originally being told he would be out of football for at least a year, Cech made a miraculous return to the Chelsea first team just three months later. The Czech stopper then wore a rugby-style head guard (helmet) -throughout the rest of his career- that protects the areas of his skull weakened by the collision.
5. Alf Inge Haaland – Man United v Man City, April 21, 2001
The Father of the Norwegian new sensation Erling Haaland was a victim of Roy Keane’s football style. Roy Keane’s knee-high horror lunge on the Norwegian in the Manchester derby earned him a red card, a five-game suspension and a £150,000 fine.
Keane later revealed in his autobiography that it was premeditated revenge after he suffered a season-ending injury while trying to foul Haaland, then at Leeds, in a match four years earlier.
Recovery: After numerous attempts at a comeback, Haaland was forced to accept retirement in July 2003.
4. Demba Ba – Shanghai Shenhua v Shanghai SIPG, July 17, 2016
The Senegalese suffered the horrific injury in Shanghai Shenhua’s victory over Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League. The then 31-year-old collapsed in the second half of his side’s derby victory over Shanghai SIPG, with his left leg giving way beneath the knee as he fell to the ground. Ba was eventually stretchered from the pitch after a prolonged period of treatment in which the striker received oxygen for his pain.
Gregorio Manzano, the coach of Shanghai Shenhua, said he feared the injury could prematurely end Ba’s career. According to medical staff, the first thing when he woke up the next day, Ba asked : “Did we win the game?”
Recovery: Demba Ba returns to football after nine months out and marked his return to football with a goal in Besiktas’ 3-1 loss by Emmanuel Adebayo’s Baseksehir in the Super Lig. After a nine-month absence from football following a horrific leg break whilst playing for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in July 2016, Ba returned to action when he was introduced for Cenk Tosun in the 78th minute with Besiktas already 3-0 down courtesy of an Adebayor strike and a Cengiz Under brace.
3. Patrick Battiston – France v West Germany, July 8, 1982
Midfielder Battiston was clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat in the second half of this World Cup semi-final match in Seville, when he was poleaxed by German stopper Harald Schumacher.
Not so much a challenge for the ball as an assault, Schumacher somehow managed to escape unpunished for an aerial bodycheck that left the French star in a coma.
Widely considered one of the most shocking fouls in footballing history, Battiston suffered damaged vertebrae, a broken jaw and the loss of four of his front teeth.
Recovery: After his jaw was wired back into place, Battiston returned to work for his club Saint Etienne five months later.
2. Aaron Ramsey – Stoke City v Arsenal, February 28, 2010
Another Arsenal victim on the list. Happening just two years after Eduardo’s injury, many of the same Gunners players had to once again witness their teammate suffer a horrific injury. This time it was 19-year-old Aaron Ramsey, who was just starting to break into the first team. The Welshman’s ankle buckled under a challenge from Ryan Shawcross, and the youngster could be seen in serious discomfort as his leg hanged in an unnatural position.
Recovery: Ramsey remarkably made a full recovery and was playing again before that year had ended. The midfielder remained at Arsenal and had an illustrious career until his departure. He racked up 369 appearances for the team, scoring 64 goals. Aged 28, Ramsey left Arsenal for Juventus on free transfer.
1. David Busst – Manchester United v Coventry City, April 8, 1996
The least recognisable name on the list perhaps suffered the most agonising injury in football history. Busst suffered the injury in 1996, during a Premier League match against Manchester United. The injury occurred when Busst collided with two United players, causing his right leg to suffer compound fractures to both the tibia and fibula. The injury was so bad that it required 26 operations, and it eventually forced the Englishman to retire from professional football despite only being in his late twenties.
The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes while the blood was cleaned off the pitch at Old Trafford, while Schmeichel had to undergo counseling for a number of weeks following the incident.
Recovery: Busst never played professionally again. Having faced the very real prospect of having his injured leg amputated, it’s likely he felt grateful for being at least able to walk.
Sending Prayers and Love to Andre Gomes while he goes through his recovery process.
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