12 of the Worst Soccer Injuries of All Times

1Eduardo Da Silva

During a match in February 2008, while playing for Arsenal, Eduardo Da Silva received an appalling tackle by Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor, who was immediately dismissed. As a consequence, Da Silva had a broken left fibula and dislocated his left ankle. Almost a year later, he returned to the Arsenal first team, after a full recovery.

2David Busst

During a match at Old Trafford in April 1996, the Coventry defender David Busst collissioned with Manchester United defender Denis Irwin. As a result, Busst got his leg broken so badly that the bone pierced the skin and his blood had to be cleared from the pitch. He had a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula and could never play professionally again. United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who witnessed the injury, required counseling afterwards.

3Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer, one of the most injury jinxed of modern soccer players, suffered a broken right leg at Bristol Rovers on August 29th, 2007.

4Francesco Totti

On February 19th, 2006, while playing in the Italian Championship against Empoli F.C., Francesco Totti suffered a serious leg injury, fracturing his left fibula and severing the interconnecting ligaments with the malleolus. The same night he was operated by a renowned Italian orthopedic surgeon.

5Jacob Olesen

Danish soccer striker, Jacob Olesen suffered a severe dislocation of the left ankle in an October 2006 match. As a result, he had to be out for 6 months.

6Ewald Lienen

This horrific injury on German midfielder Ewald Lienen's right leg was caused by a sliding tackle from a Werder Bremen defender during a match in 1981.

7Henrik Larsson

Henri Larsson's was out for 8 months after breaking his leg in 1999. This severe injury threatened to end his career but after a miraculous recovery he was back for the 2000 Eurocup.

8Luciano Almeida

Brazilian soccer player Luciano Almeida suffered a severe injury during a match between Botafogo and Flamengo in 2007. He was out for 5 months to make a full recovery.

9Inigo Diaz De Cerio

In 2008 Spanish soccer player Iñigo Díaz de Cerio suffered a serious injury after a collision with SD Eibar goalkeeper Zigor, fracturing his right leg's tibia and fibula. After a successful surgery, he had a slow but effective recovery, returning to soccer scene almost a year after his injury.

10Luc Nilis

After just 4 minutes of a premier league game, Belgian striker Luc Nilis suffered a double fracture of his knee when colliding with Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright, in September 2000. Due to the severe injury, ha had to retire from soccer.

11Djibril Cisse

The shocking image shows Cisse fracturing his right leg after being tackled by the Shandong Luneng defender. It happened During a friendly international soccer match in Saint Etienne, France in 2006.

12Edgar Andrade

During a match between Cruz Azul and Tecos UAG in June 2007, Mexican soccer player Edgar Andrade suffered a dramatic fracture and twisted his ankle while attempting to recover a ball for his team. He returned to the field after many months of recovery.

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