Worst football injuries

Football is full of injuries – and medical vacantions disguised under injuries – but let’s take a look at a few of the worst football injuries to ever happen.


David Busst’s injury

One of the worst football injuries to ever happen was that of David Busst, in a match between Manchester United and Coventry City, won 1-0 by the Red Devils, on 8 April 1996. While the BBC and Sky refrained from showing the stomach-churning effects of the Coventry defender’s collision with Manchester United defender Denis Irwin, the look of horror on United keeper Peter Schmeichel’s face painted a vivid picture of just how serious the injury was. Practically, Busst suffered a double compound fracture with the impact of the clash causing his cracked fibula bone to pierce the skin. It definitely was a horrific outlook for everyone who was there at the time. The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes while the blood was cleaned off the pitch at Old Trafford, while Schmeichel had to undergo counselling for a number of weeks following the incident.

Recovery: Busst never played professionally again. Having faced the very real prospect of having his injured leg amputated, it’s likely he felt grateful for being at least able to walk. However, he played at amateur level for Highgate United during the 2008/09 season.

Djibril Cisse’s injury

This one happened on 30 October 2004 during a match between Blackburn and Liverpool, a 2-2 draw between the two sides. While Cisse and Blackburn’s Jay McEveley were challenging for the ball, the Frenchmen’s boot got caught in the turf and his leg snapped. This resulted in a broken tibia and fibula, and physio Daryl Martin said “It could take six to nine months for a recovery and the absolute worst-case scenario is 18 months…” Cisse later revealed that had it not been for prompt attention from the trainers at the stadium, he would probably have lost the leg below the knee. He had pins inserted in the leg, and was expected to be out of action for the rest of the 2004–05 season.

Recovery: Miraculously, he only stayed out of action for seven months even though he revealed in an interview that if it hadn’t been for the immediate help and treatment by the stadium’s doctors his leg would have to be amputated. Considering his injury record, Djibril Cisse has to be one of the toughest football players ever. In an enormous streak of bad luck, Djibril Cisse broke his right leg 2 years later in a World Cup match between France and China.

Aaron Ramsey’s injury

This one happened in a match between Arsenal and Stoke City on 27 February 2010. A tackle by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross caused a double fracture in Ramsey’s lower right leg. Ramsey was hospitalised, and it was later confirmed that he had broken his tibia and fibula. No return date was initially given, but it was announced on 20 March that he started walking without his crutches. Ramsey signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal on 1 June 2010.

Recovery: It took 8 months, Ramsey finally returning to training with Arsenal in October 2010. He was later loaned to Nottingham Forest and back to Cardiff City, in order to gain match fitness, before finally returning to Arsenal on 25 February 2011.

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