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Trivials: Worst Injuries by groundsman
March 30, 2008, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Brian Clough, Brian McBride, football, Injury, Michael Owen, Trivials

What are some of the worst permanent/career ending football injuries?

Brian McBride– If Fulham’s captain looks a bit poker faced all the time, it’s for a very good reason: like a drunken sorority girl dozing at the bar- he can’t feel his face.  During McBride’s long career he’s taken his share of hits, and many of them have gone directly to his head resulting in shattered cheekbones, and your run-of-the-mill heavy bleeding.  I certainly remember this particularly gruesome and unnecessary Italian elbow to the cheek during the 2006 World Cup.  After the match, he told the press corps, “I don’t have a lot of feeling in my face. My nerves are all dead from the surgeries. You get hit and you get back up.”  Never tell him soccer isn’t a man’s game.

Michael Owen–  Watching this striker regress from a fiery teenager speeding around the pitch on little wheel shaped legs, to a grown man attempting to avoid injury whilst maintaing the legacy he was seemingly destined to create for himself, is in a word- depressing.  His troubles began at the turn of the millenium as he was trying to recover from hamstring injuries that then led to lower back issues, leading to Owen seeking treatment from a German doctor with a hilarious sounding name.  These days were also the beginning of 8 years of press conferences in which Owen will swear he’s fit, only to get knacked in a horrible way a short time later.  We’re still waiting for him to regain even a shadow of his old form. 

Brian Clough– These days, it seems nearly everyone has had a torn ACL at some point.  According to a popular medical journal website, science has progressed to the point that there is now a 90 to 95% chance of an athlete returning to their pre-injury form within 6 months of the injury.  Sadly, Cloughie didn’t have technology on his side- and his playing career was cut very short when he ruptured his ACL while playing for Sunderland.  Brian Clough once said no amount of managerial success (of which he had plenty!) would replace the feeling of playing football. 


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