Not for the faint hearted or for those enjoying their lunch!
7) Henrik Larsson (Celtic)
Thankfully this injury falls into the accidental non-career-threatening category. A seemingly innocuous incident results in the great Celtic legend Larsson being out for eight months. Of course, he returned to continue where he left off, which basically means scoring goals at whim and basically being one of the most feared strikers on the planet!
6)Henrik Andersen (Denmark)
If you type ‘Knee Popper’ into google, more than likely you will find this former Danish international. The look of sheer pain etched across his face said as much as a thousand word, the lack of a knee-cap probably said about ten thousand words! Somewhat unsurprisingly, the injury he sustained in the Euro 1992 semi against Holland resulted in him missing the Danish success in the final, Andersen was out injured for eleven months and was never the same again.
5) Wilfred Bouma (Aston Villa)
Well this happened just the other day and it wasn’t pretty. Getting injured pre-season must be the pits, knowing that you might be out for the whole season. As your team mates enthrall the fans on the pitch, you are left sitting at home on your sofa! Hopefully the Dutchman will come back as soon as October, such is the improvement in post-injury care these days.
4) Alfie Håland(Manchester City)
This tackle has been the subject of much discussion, as has the reference Roy Keane made to the incident in his biography. These two had history and neither were likely to invite the other out for one or two post-match pints. A horror tackle to say the least and another career-ending injury, albeit the Norwegian managed a handful more attempts at returning to the game.
Rumours of the two being best of friends now are probably unlikely.
3) David Busst (Coventry)
Yes this was a bad one, the kind of freak injury that leads not only to the end of a career but also leaves fellow players vomiting by the side of the pitch (a surefire sign that something on the field of play is a little amiss!). Busst’s injury led to 26 operations but the defender never played again. He now works at Coventry.
2) Eduardo (Arsenal)
The Cro-zilian was manhandled by Martin Taylor, who has since claimed the incident was an accident, resulting from the speedy nature of Arsenal striker. Obviously this is a little hard to believe as the Birmingham City centre-back essentially assaulted Eduardo on the field of play. Thankfully for the Emirates fans, it looks like the striker is on the mend and hopefully will be back to his best this coming season.
1) Abdelhafiz Tesfawet (Algeria)
Ok, now this one you should be sitting down for, preferably not eating food or consuming a drink. Quite unorthodox in that this injury doesn’t involve the usual format of football injuries, i.e not a tackle. This is more a lesson in not landing face first into the grass! Thankfully the player fully recovered and is now apparently coach of the Algerian youth team, so he can obviously point out the pitfalls of high velocity impacts between solid earth and your face!