You may have heard about Jerome Boateng’s freak injury over the weekend. The Manchester City defender aggravated a knee injury when he was on a plane when a drinks trolley smashed into him. Football players of course, are no strangers to weird injuries and in this list we look at ten freak injuries that some unfortunate footballers have suffered…
1. Darius Vassell
Footballers are not generally renowned for high levels of intelligence and this is one reason why. The former England striker noticed a blood blister under the nail of his big toe and decided to use a drill to cure his ailment. Drilling into his toe in an attempt to remove the boil, Vassell got an infection and had to have his nail removed, he missed several games as a result.
2. Svein Grondalen
Not many have heard of Norwegian defender Svein Grondalen, but he has firmly inaugurated himself into the weird injury hall of fame. Training for a World Cup qualifier, Grondalen was taking a run in the woods when he collided with a Moose. Grondalen subsequently missed the game.
3. Chic Brodie
Brentford goalkeeper Chic Brodie suffered a bizarre injury in 1970, which would have very unfortunate consequences for the player. In a game against Colchester, a dog ran onto the pitch and crashed into the unlucky Brodie, breaking his kneecap in the process and sadly ending his professional career.
4. Kirk Broadfoot
Scotland international Kirk Broadfoot suffered one of the more ridiculous injuries in recent years. In 2009, the Rangers defender put some eggs in a microwave for a convenient snack. Unfortunately when he opened the door, the eggs exploded in his face and burned his cheek. I’ll leave the puns to you…
5. Santiago Canizares
One of the more famous ‘weird injuries’ was experienced by Spain goalkeeper Santiago Canizares. Shortly before the 2002 World Cup, Canizares was in his hotel bathroom when he dropped a bottle of aftershave onto his foot, severing a tendon in the process. Then first choice Canizares missed the tournament and Iker Casillas took his place.
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