Injuries are part of every sport and unfortunately some can be a lot worse than others. When it comes to footballers, it seems like every game there is an injury with some physios doing as much running than the players.
Even though footballers have the reputation of going down easily and being a bit weak there are some occasions in the sport where the players have suffered horrific injuries.
On Thursday night, Tottenham were playing a Europa League match against FC Basel and winger, Gareth Bale, picked up an ankle injury. Replays show is ankle twists at a near 90 degree angle – a sad sight for any fan of Tottenham.
But there have been worst injuries and below are the top five most horrific injuries to occur in the Premier League era.
5. Hatem Ben Arfa | Newcastle United
Just after signing for Newcastle on loan, Hatem Ben Arfa was welcomed to the Premier League by a fierce midfielder called Nigel De Jong. The Dutchman flew in on the French midfielder and Ben Arfa unfortunately suffered a broken leg and missed a whole year of action. To this day Ben Arfa has refused to speak to De Jong after the challenge cost him a year of his career.
4. David Busst | Coventry City
Playing for Coventry City against Manchester United back in 1996, Busst went up for a corner and accidently collided with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair - something that didn't appear to be that bad - but left lying on the ground was Busst who actually fractured both his tibia and fibula. The injury made Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel run away with his head in his hands. It also ended the defender's career.
3. Aaron Ramsey | Arsenal
It is always quite a battle when Stoke play Arsenal and the game in 2010 was no different, but it unfortunately ended on quite a sour note as young midfielder, Aaron Ramsey was left with a broken leg after a vicious challenge from Ryan Shawcross. The double fractured leg break kept Ramsey out of action for over a year and some say it has still affected his development to this day.
2. Eduardo | Arsenal
Another Arsenal player that unfortunately suffered a broken leg was Eduardo. After the injury he never recovered to find his form and was eventually sold to Shakthar Donetsk. Back in 2008 and just coming into form, Eduardo was starting for Arsenal against Birmingham City and unfortunately after being too quick for defender Martin Taylor, a rash challenge was thrown in that ended in a leg-break for the striker. A break so bad that a bone burst the skin and left his team-mates in tears.
1. Dribril Cisse | Liverpool
Back in 2004 when Liverpool were playing Blackburn, the game was overshadowed by a sickening injury sustained by French striker, Dribril Cisse. After being kicked in the leg from behind by a Blackburn player Cisse keeled over. The force from which the player kicked Cisse forced the bone in the Frenchman's leg to pop out of the skin. Cisse then later went on to break his other leg whilst playing for Lazio but he is still playing in top-flight football to this day – a testament to his resilience.
Thankfully, these injuries are becoming less common thanks to the stricter rules that referees are told to enforce. Let’s hope that they can eventually become a thing of the past all together.
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