Five of football’s most bizarre injuries

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Sergio Aguero’s mystery ‘stupid’ foot injury has got the internet going haywire with creative theories – but what about actual bizarre injuries from the past?


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would not be drawn on how the injury had occurred and was particularly evasive when pressed on it.


“It is a stupid injury. It was not his fault. But he can't play with this injury; for one day, ten days or two weeks. I don't know,” was all Mancini would say initially.


“I prefer not to say. But he couldn't play against Stoke and can't play tomorrow. I hope he can recover for Arsenal next weekend.” Was the response when the journalists in attendance pushed the issue.


Many have been wondering as to what this injury could be and how it has come about, but it has also led to mass reminiscence over bizarre injuries from the past.


GMF has been going through the annals and we have chosen five of the most bizarre and unfortunate.


While conducting the research, GMF came across many more odd cases than we imagined there would be.


Anyway, here they are – GMF’s five of the most bizarre injuries…


Liam Lawrence and his dog

The Portsmouth captain, currently on loan at Cardiff City, was playing for Stoke City at the time of his mishap. As happens to all of us time to time, Lawrence needed a middle of the night toilet break and, as he was walking down the stairs, he needed to step over his dog. Unfortunately, his loyal pooch turned out to be a greater obstacle than you would think, as the midfielder ended up spraining his ankle.


Steve Morrow collared in cup celebration

Arsenal won an historic League and FA Cup double in 1993, both against Sheffield Wednesday and a 22-year-old Steve Morrow was the hero of the formerby scoring the winning goal. However, he would not feature in the latter as club captain Tony Adams went a bit overboard in the celebrations and managed to drop Morrow after lifting him in the euphoria. Morrow ended up being helped off the pitch due to a broken collar bone.


Ever Banega’s petrol station panic

The Valencia midfielder had a petrol station panic long before the recent hectic scenes in the UK. The Argentine was filling up his car earlier this year, but made the classic mistake of leaving the handbrake off. Startled by watching his car roll away, Banega attempted to halt its momentum, but only managed to get his foot caught between the curb and the moving vehicle. He fractured both his tibia and fibula, meaning he now faces up to six months of recovery.


Santiago Canizares bottles it

The then Spain number one goalkeeper was preparing to play for his country at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but he would eventually miss out. Canizares wanted to musk up after taking a shower and reached out for a bottle of cologne, but the moisture must have done the trick because he could not keep hold of it. As is reflex for a professional footballer, he stuck out his leg to stop it but only succeeded in breaking it and severing a tendon in his foot. He missed the World Cup and his number two, Iker Casillas, has never looked back since.


Richard Wright does the wrong thing

The then Everton goalkeeper was warming up before an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Toffees number one did not notice (or heed) a sign in the goalmouth that forbade practice in the area. The two-time England international promptly fell over the notice, twisting his ankle and subsequently missed the game.


There we have it, five of the most bizarre injuries suffered by footballers for varying reasons.


It does not end there though, oh no, we want to know if you know of any more and we also want to hear your theories on Sergio Aguero’s injury.


Leave a comment below to let us know and join in the fun….

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