Five Of The F*cking Craziest Injuries Footballer’s Have Suffered

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Last night, fourth official Kevin Friend was doing his job on the touchline, before turning around and smacking his head off Bournemouth’s dugout.

The 44-year-old whistler was bleeding and referee Mike Dean was forced to stop the game and ensure his colleague received treatment for his injury.

Friend was taken to hospital but should make a full recovery in time for his next Premier League outing this weekend.

It brought back memories for us though, of some of the weird injuries picked up in the footballing world.

Here are five that made us laugh:


David Batty

Back in the 1990’s, David Batty had a reputation as a hard nut.

His daughter didn’t give a fuck.

While Batty was recovering from a knee ligament injury, his two-year-old daughter rode her tricycle over his foot, leaving the former England man in agony and setting his recovery back another couple of weeks.

Not so hard any more.

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Richard Wright

Arguably the Premier League’s most useless goalkeeper, Wright makes this list for sustaining an injury that rather summed up his career.

While warming up for Everton, there was a sign in the goalmouth informing players NOT to warm up in the goalmouth. You think you know where this one’s going, but there’s a twist (literally).

Rather than ignore the sign and get injured warming up where he’s been told not to, Wright managed to trip over the actual sign itself and twisted his ankle in the process, ruling him out of the FA Cup replay with Chelsea.

What a pillock.


Darius Vassell

Remember this guy?

The one-time England striker made a complete bellend out of himself while playing for Aston Villa in 2003, as he attempted some DIY.

He wasn’t trying to put up a shelf or fix a roof though, he was using a power drill…on himself.

Then a naive 22-year-old, Vassell had a blood blister on his foot and decided the best course of action was to drill it.

It all ended as you’d expect, with a swift trip to A+E to have part of his nail removed and his dignity restored.

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Santiago Canizares

One of the many great Spanish goalkeepers to not win as many caps as he should thanks to Iker Casillas, Canizares is infamous for his freak injury.

The white haired former Valencia captain was all set to go to the 2002 World Cup as his country’s number one, but dropped a bottle of aftershave on his foot shortly before the tournament.

He severed a tendon in his big toe and missed the competition, with his place going to Casillas and the rest is history.

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Alan Wright

Not much of a household name, but Wright’s injury is something you need to know about.

The former Aston Villa left back played over 250 times for his club and during that time, picked up a pretty decent wage.

So much so that he went out and bought a Ferrari, and promptly injured himself driving it.

He didn’t crash it though.

Wright strained his knee reaching for the accelerator in his new whip, probably because he was only 5’4″.