Premier League: Horror injuries

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As with any physical sport, football carries a risk of injury.

Here, GMS Academy member Charlotte Johnson takes a look at the ugly consequences of the beautiful game in some of the worst injuries sustained in the Premier League.

Eduardo da Silva

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva suffered a horrific leg injury following a rash tackle by Birmingham's Martin Taylor during a 2-2 at St Andrews road in February 2008. Eduardo sustained a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle.

The Croatian was out for almost a year and when he returned to the Emirates, he could not recreate his previous form and subsequently signed for Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk in July 2010.

Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was left severely concussed in 2006 after being kneed in the head in a controversial challenge by Reading's Stephen Hunt.

The Blues' number one collapsed in the dressing room after being carried off of the pitch. The keeper was rushed immediately to hospital amid fears he had suffered a blood clot.

The Czech Republic international underwent emergency surgery for a depressed fracture of the skull.

Cech made a miraculous recovery and returned to Stamford Bridge to play with the first team just three months later.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho blamed Hunt entirely for the injury Cech sustained, stating: "The challenge was a disgrace. He is lucky to still be alive."

Djibril Cisse

France striker Djibril Cisse has broken both his legs during his career.

His first injury occurred during his spell playing for Liverpool in an away match against Blackburn Rovers in October 2004.

Cisse was challenging for a ball when his left boot got stuck in the turf - this unfortunate incident resulted in the Frenchman's tibia and fibula being broken.

Two years later he was forced to miss the World Cup finals after shattering his right leg. The striker was tackled by China captain Zheng Zhi and twisted his leg while falling, causing an open fracture of his tibia.

It does however appear that the 32-year-old forward is something of a miracle man when it comes to recovering - one occasion he was out of action for just seven months, despite suffering the horror injury.

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal starlet Aaron Ramsey's 2009/10 season was prematurely cut short after he suffered a horrific double leg fracture.

The injury occurred when the midfielder was on the receiving end of a reckless tackle from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

The incident brought back instant memories of the horrific broken leg of his Arsenal teammate Eduardo at Birmingham almost two years to the day.

Ramsey underwent surgery to fix fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg.

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