The worst injuries in Premier League history - how long did it take to recover?

Stoke City v Arsenal - Premier League

The whole footballing world is praying for Andre Gomes after his horrific injury yesterday.

The Everton midfielder suffered a horrific ankle injury after a combination of contact from Son Heung-min and Serge Aurier, the former of which was sent off by Martin Atkinson.

“Everton Football Club can confirm Andre Gomes will undergo surgery tomorrow after sustaining an ankle injury in today’s game with Tottenham Hotspur," the club explained in an official statement.

“Andre was stretchered from the pitch during the second half off the game and was taken straight to Aintree Hospital by ambulance accompanied by members of the Everton medical team.

“After undergoing hospital tests, it was confirmed he had suffered a fracture dislocation to his right ankle."

Worst Premier League injuries

Sadly, it wasn't the first injury of the likes in Premier League history and it probably won't be the last, but old examples could serve as an indicator for Gomes' recovery.

As a result, we've decided to take a look at some of the worst injuries in England's top division since 1992 and assess the implications for each player's career. 

1. Gary Mabbutt - almost lost his eye (1993)

Recovery time: Three months

Mabbutt shockingly suffered a fractured skull and eye socket after an accidental elbow from John Fashanu, requiring the insertion of a metal plate into his cheek and two hours of surgery to save his eye.

Even after a quarter of a year on the sidelines, Mabbutt - who considered legal action against  Fashanu - needed to wear a protective mask when he returned to Premier League action.

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2. David Busst - double leg fracture (1996)

Recovery time: Never played again

Widely regarded as the worst Premier League injury in history and for good reason. Busst's collision with Denis Irwin was so extreme that his cracked fibula bone pierced the skin.

Peter Schmeichel was so horrified that he vomited on the pitch and Busst remains thankful that he avoided a leg amputation.

David Busst  Broken Leg 1996

3. Luc Nilis - double leg fracture (2000)

Recovery time: Never played again

In just his third game for Villa, the highly-rated forward - who Ronaldo named one of his greatest ever strike partners - suffered a career-ending double fracture after colliding with Richard Wright.

There was concern that Nilis would need an amputation after injury became infected and, although that wasn't the case, he was forced to hang up his boots shortly after.

Luc Nilis

4. Alf-Inge Haaland - horrific knee injury (2001)

Recovery time: A few days (technically)

Arguably the most infamous injury on the list. In what appeared a revenge tackle by Roy Keane after a 1997 collision, Haaland actually played for Norway and City in the proceeding weeks.

But the tackle was attributed for one of the reasons Haaland was forced to retire early in 2003 and it was even suggested that he would sue the United midfielder.

Roy Keane, Alf Inge Haaland

5. Djibril Cisse - broken tibia and fibula (2004)

Recovery time: Seven months

The luckless Frenchman suffered a broken tibia and fibula against Blackburn Rovers after catching his studs in the turf, but made a miraculous recovery to return less than seven months later.

However, Cisse disastrously suffered an almost identical leg break just two years later during a friendly between France and China. 

Blackburn v Liverpool

6. Pedro Mendes - knocked out and suffered seizure (2006)

Recovery time: Discharged the next day

Mendes was knocked out cold by Ben Thatcher's elbow, sending him hurtling into advertising hoardings and prompting medical officials to rush him to hospital.

The Portsmouth man was released from hospital the next day, but had suffered a seizure in the ambulance and Thatcher was justly banned for six games.

Manchester City v Portsmouth

7. Petr Cech - depressed skull fracture (2006)

Recovery time: Three months

Widely known as the reason Cech has worn protective headgear ever since, the then Chelsea goalkeeper almost died after a controversial collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt.

Pieces of bone went deeply into Cech's head, there were initial suspicions of a blood clot on the brain and two metal plates were hastily fitted.

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8. Eduardo - broken leg and dislocated ankle (2008)

Recovery time: One year

Sky Sports correctly refused to show footage of this horrific leg break at Birmingham City, which was caused by the duly red-carded Martin Taylor, who Arsene Wenger suggested should be banned for life.

Eduardo's leg is believed to have penetrated his sock and there are even suggestions that he could have lost his foot if the tackle was any harder.

Birmingham v Arsenal - Premier League

9. Aaron Ramsey - double leg break (2010)

Recovery time: Eight months

Everybody on the pitch was left distraught when the extent of Ramsey's 2010 leg break became clear, while a remorseful Ryan Shawcross also left the pitch after being dismissed for the tackle.

It was the second horrific injury at Arsenal in the space of two years and everyone was delighted to see the Welshman back and better than ever less than a year later.

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey

10. Hatem Ben Arfa - double leg break (2010)

Recovery time: Eight months

Just four games into his time in the Premier League, Ben Arfa was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and needed oxygen after a challenge from Nigel de Jong.

The Frenchman underwent surgery at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in the proceedings days and his left leg was just as powerful by the time he pulled on the Newcastle jersey again.

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

11. Ryan Mason - fractured skull (2017)

Recovery time: Never played again

Another cruel reminder of the dangers of head injuries, Mason would never play the beautiful game again after a horrific clash of heads with Gary Cahill while contesting a corner.

Despite fighting hard to make a comeback, the risks were deemed too high by a number of world-class neurologists and neuro surgeons who feared for the Englishman's health.

Chelsea v Hull City - Premier League

From playing again two weeks later to being forced into retirement, injuries are so varied that there's sometimes no telling what it can mean for a player's future.

We'll just keep our fingers crossed with the rest of the sporting world that Gomes' surgery will be a success and we seem him back on the Premier League scene as soon as possible.

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