Footballers and bizarre injuries
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has become the latest footballer to pick up an injury in bizarre circumstances.
The Spaniard has a swollen ankle after he was injured by one of his own supporters, who encroached onto the pitch at the end of Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The 32-year-old, himself deputising for injured Reds’ regular number one Alisson, is now a major doubt for the trip to St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, which could mean Andy Lonergan will have to make a shock debut for the club.
Adrian is not the only Premier League player to have picked up a bizarre injury this week, as Norwich winger Onel Hernandez has been ruled out for a minimum of three months due to a knee problem he suffered after tripping on the stairs at home.
Hernandez meniscus tear in his knee, slipped on stairs at home, needs scan, out for three months! Poss surgery and worry for ACL. DF says ‘big blow’ and was v much in his thinking for starting XI v Newcastle.
— David Freezer (@davefreezer) August 16, 2019
Of course, there is nothing new about players picking up injuries in bizarre circumstances and we’ve had a look at a few that have certainly lived long in the memory.
Former Spain international goalkeeper Canizares can probably count himself one of the most unluckiest players when it comes to injury.
The now 49-year-old had to wait the best part of nine years after making his international debut before he was able to call himself his country’s number one and he was set to play a starring role for Spain at the 2002 World Cup.
However, the then Valencia star was cruelly ruled out of the tournament after he dropped an aftershave bottle on his foot and suffered a severed tendon.
There is certainly a level of irony given the amount of goalkeepers that have injured themselves by dropping things of their foot, as, like Canizares, former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant suffered a similar fate.
Beasant infamously dropped a glass bottle of salad cream and, like most footballers, his instinct was to control it with his foot. However, this led the now 60-year-old to tearing a tendon in his big toe and he was subsequently sidelined for two months.
Former England star Batty was no stranger to the odd injury during his career, but his most bizarre ailment came when he was recovering from a knee ligament problem.
The former Leeds and Newcastle ace was relaxing at home when his daughter ran over his foot with her tricycle, an act that injured his ankle and significantly delayed his comeback.
Full-back Alan Wright made over 600 appearances during a 22-year playing career that is most remembered for his time at Aston Villa where he enjoyed plenty of success.
Indeed, things must have been going well for Wright, as he treated himself to a new Ferrari during his time at Villa Park.
However, that purchase ended in tears for the now 47-year-old, as he sprained his knee while pressing down on the accelerator – perhaps one of the most non-footballing, footballing injuries that could ever be picked up.