Burnt nipples, deadly aftershave and too much TV - the freakiest football injuries

Enner Valencia reflects ruefully

Enner Valencia is a doubt for West Ham’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday due to a cut toe suffered after he stood on a teacup.

He won't be the first footballer to miss out due to a freak injury.

ADAM CHAPMAN

Burnt his nipple during a late-night feed of his new baby. The Oxford United man wasn't trying to breast-feed, but he made the mistake of shaking a bottle of scalding hot milk when topless.

RICHARD WRIGHT

Missed an FA Cup fourth-round replay for Everton at Chelsea after he ignored a notice warning him not to warm up in the goalmouth. Promptly fell over the sign, suffering a twisted ankle. The same player also damaged his shoulder falling through a loft as he was trying to pack away his suitcases.

VICTOR FRANCOZ

The Oxford City goalkeeper climbed a tree in a mercy mission to rescue a cat, but lost his grip and fell heavily, gashed a calf muscle on a branch.

RIO FERDINAND

The then-Leeds defender managed to pick up a tendon strain in his knee watching television. Ferdinand had his foot up on a coffee table for a number of hours and ended up injuring a tendon behind his knee.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE 

The injury-prone frontman caused a scare in the Dutch World Cup camp after he and team-mate Daryl Janmaat were struck by a stray kitesurfer while strolling along Ipanema Beach in Rio. Fortunately, the injuries didn’t prove serious.

SEAN FLYNN

The then-Kidderminster captain Suffered a broken nose, busted lip and bruised toes after tripping over his son’s toy cars.

DAVE BEASANT

The veteran goalkeeper managed to rule himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe.

DAVID JAMES

The England goalkeeper once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control and the keen angler also tweaked his shoulder when trying to land a monster carp.

ALEX STEPNEY

In 1975 the Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders during a match against Birmingham.

CHIC BRODIE

The Brentford goalkeeper’s career came to an abrupt end in October 1970 when he collided with a sheepdog which had run on to the pitch. Brodie shattered his kneecap while the dog got the ball. ”The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one,” he reflected.

SANTIAGO CANIZARES

The Spain goalkeeper missed the 2002 World Cup after accidentally shattering a bottle of aftershave in his hotel sink. A piece of glass fell on his foot, severing a tendon in his big toe.

ALAN WRIGHT

The diminutive former Aston Villa full-back strained his knee by stretching to reach the accelerator in his new Ferrari. He subsequently swapped the sports car for a Rover 416.

SVEIN GRONDALEN

The Norway defender had to withdraw from an international during the 1970s after colliding with a moose while out jogging.

KEVIN KYLE

The Scotland and Sunderland striker missed a game having scalded his testicles and thigh whilst attempting to feed his eight-month-old son, who kicked a jug of hot water over his father whilst sat on his lap.

ALAN MULLERY

The England star missed the 1964 tour of South America after injuring his back while brushing his teeth.

DARREN BARNARD

The former Barnsley midfielder was sidelined for five months with a torn knee ligament after he slipped in a puddle of his puppy’s urine on the kitchen floor.

LEE HODGES

The then Barnet player slipped on a bar of soap in the shower and wrenched his groin.

KIRK BROADFOOT

The Rangers defender scalded a cheek when an egg he had poached in the microwave blew up and squirted hot water into his face. The Scotland international was treated in hospital but managed to not let his egg error rule him out of any games.

CHARLIE GEORGE

Arsenal’s 1971 FA Cup hero managed to cut off his toe with a lawnmower.

DARIUS VASSELL

The then Aston Villa striker missed several games after he drilled through his toe nail with a home power drill thinking it would relieve the pressure on a swollen toe. The attempt at DIY surgery succeeded only in giving the toe an infection which required medical attention.


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