Coventry City goalkeeper Lee Burge hit the headlines this week as he was injured while watching the Ice Hockey at Coventry Blaze. The shot stopper was struck in the face with the puck, to the hilarity of his teammates who were watching on. He is now a doubt for their game tonight with Portsmouth. To mark this special occasion, we take a look at the top five bizarre injuries to footballers.
Legendary keeper Dave Beasant may have been remembered for his FA Cup heroics but he was also responsible for a shocking injury. In the kitchen at home before the 1993-94 season, Beasant dropped a jar of Salad Cream and instinctively tried to cushion it with his foot. It smashed on his foot and severed the tendon in his big toe. Ouch.
Another classic from recent times. One of Europe’s hottest young talents missed a Champions League game for Real Madrid after getting an infected pimple after shaving his legs. Modern football hey. Games gone.
Ever Banega was preparing for a Copa de Rey semi-final by filling up his car at a petrol station. He, stupidly, forgot to apply his handbrake on his car, and the rolling vehicle trapped the player’s ankle up against the curb. He fractured his tibia and fibula and was out for six months after undergoing surgery. Always remember the handbrake, Ever.
You know this classic. Sir Alex Ferguson was absolutely fuming with his glamourous number seven after they lost in the FA Cup to Arsenal. In a fit of rage he kicked a boot towards Becks which struck him just above the left eye, ruining his perfect looks for around a month. Beckham soon departed the club for Real Madrid whilst Sir Alex continued to tear around his dressing room for another decade.
This one is grim and definitely the most painful on this list. Playing for Servette in Switzerland, the midfielder had just set up Jean Beausejour for an important winner and he ran off to celebrate. He ran to the crowd and jumped up to the metal fence, celebrating with his mad supporters. Unfortunately for Diogo, his wedding ring got caught on the metal and as he went to hop off the fence he tore his finger off. Ouch.
The referee clearly didn't see the funny side either as he booked him for excessive celebration. The most painful of the injuries on this list by far.