A crunching tackle, stretching too far for the ball, a collision of heads…all typical ways in which footballers often get injured…but every now and then there are some more unusual reasons why footballers are sidelined.
From TV remotes and aftershave bottles to exploding eggs and sleeping dogs, the Jacamo team have put together a list of 10 strange football injuries and the culprits – we admit it, we laughed at these unfortunate ones…admit you did too…!
10 strange football injuries and the culprits
Injury: Pulled back muscle
Culprit: TV remote
Manchester City keeper David Seaman was relaxing at home while watching TV, reaching for the TV remote to change channels he stretched too far and pulled a muscle in his back.
Injury: Broken kneecap
Another keeper, Chic Brodie of Brentford had a collision with a dog after it ran on the pitch and into him in 1970. Breaking his kneecap in the incident, it ended his professional career.
Injury: Facial burns
Scottish international defender Kirk Broadfoot put some eggs in a microwave in 2009 but when he opened the door the eggs exploded in his face causing burns on his cheeks.
Injury: Severed foot tendon
Culprit: Bottle of aftershave
Shortly before the 2002 World Cup, Spanish keeper Santiago Canizares dropped a bottle of aftershave on his foot severing a tendon and missing the entire tournament.
Injury: Strained foot tendon
Another TV-related incident, while playing for Leeds, Rio Ferdinand managed to strain a tendon in his foot while sitting with his legs up on the coffee table while watching TV for several hours.
Injury: Ruptured knee cartilage & ankle injury
Culprit: TV remote
The Irishman has in fact managed to injure himself twice when it comes to TV remotes – the first time rupturing knee cartilage while reaching for it and the second time standing on it.
Injury: Blood infection
After spotting a blood blister under the nail of his big toe, Darius Vassell decided to drill through his nail to drain the blister, picking up a blood infection and having the nail removed.
Injury: Pulled leg muscle
After waking up in the morning, Leroy Lita simply yawned and stretched…and at the same time damaged a muscle in his leg.
Culprit: Boiling water
While warming up a bottle of milk for his son, his toddler slipped and the jug of boiling water went in Kevin Kyle’s direction burning his inner thighs and manhood.
Injury: Sprained ankle
In 2008, Stoke City’s Liam Lawrence tripped over the family dog asleep on the stairs while going for a midnight toilet visit and sprained his ankle in the process.
There were so many other weird football injuries that could have made the list…tell us others that you’ve heard!