A look at the worst football injuries the sport has seen

With the current football season over, it’s unlikely we’ll be reporting on any new injuries until August – unless anyone manages to get injured during pre-season training.

Because of this break, we thought we’d take a look at some of the worst football injuries that the sport has ever seen.  It’s likely that if you saw any of these occur, they will be firmly etched into your memory, but for those who don’t remember them, they stand as a warning of just how dangerous the sport can be at times.  So, let’s get started.

Injuries Affect the Games

Injuries can have a massive impact on football games, especially for smaller clubs who don’t have many back up players.  After all, if you only have a main squad of 11 and one backup player for each position, you will be playing with an incomplete squad as soon as one or two players get injured.  This doesn’t affect large squads like Manchester United and Chelsea – they can afford to keep lots of players on payroll in case the unthinkable happens.  However, for a team like Leicester City or Nottingham Forest, injuries can spell disaster, leading to lost games, a lack of points, and ultimately, sometimes even a relegation battle.

Another aspect of injury affects is the sports betting. You are likely see that the bookmakers consider this when determining whether a team will win or lose and setting up the odds for the specific wager.

Offers and promotions may change frequently, even right up to the starting point of a game. If you take the bet365 review page by Freebets.UK  for example, the betting promotions are updated constantly depending also on player injuries.

When bookmakers determine the odds for a match they take a look at a lot of things.  Among these is the recent form of a team.  If a team has a lot of injuries, they won’t be performing at their best.  For example, imagine that Arsenal’s star striker gets injured.  Although Arsenal haven’t exactly been playing great, their striker had managed to score a lot of goals which led to wins they probably wouldn’t have got without him.  Now the striker is injured, the team is going to perform more poorly.  The bookies will take this into account, and lower the odds of Arsenal winning each game.

Here are some known examples of game-changing injuries that affected more than the players who were hurt.

Patrick Battiston

During the World Cup semi final match between France and Germany, Patrick Battiston was clear through on goal when he was knocked down by Harold Schumacher.  It was clear to those watching that the attack was an assault as opposed to a challenge for the ball, and it ultimately left Battiston in a coma.  He also suffered a broken vertebrae, a broken jaw, and lost four teeth.  Battiston did recover, and went on to play football again five months later.  Schumacher, surprisingly, escaped without punishment.

David Busst

Coventry defender David Busst’s injury is arguably one of the most infamous in the sport.  Although Sky and the BBC refrained from showing footage of the collision, it was clear to all viewers just how bad it was thanks to Peter Schmeichel’s face.  Busst’s clash with Manchester United defender Dennis Irwin left him with a double compound fracture.  The clash also cracked his fibula, which ended up protruding through his skin.  The match had to be halted for a full 15 minutes while blood was cleared off the field, and goalkeeper Schmeichel required counselling.  At one point, it was feared that Busst would need to have his leg amputated.  Although this didn’t happen, he never played professional football again.

Petr Cech

If you’ve ever wondered why Petr Cech wears a head guard when goalkeeping, it’s because of the injury he sustained in 2006.  He was playing for Chelsea in a match against Reading when controversially challenged by Stephen Hunt.  After being kneed in the head, Cech was left severely concussed.  He was carried to the Chelsea changing rooms where he then collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his skull.  Miraculously Cech survived the ordeal and was back playing football just three months later.  He wears a head guard to protect the area of his skull that was injured in the collision.


Following a tackle from Birmingham player Martin Taylor, Arsenal’s Eduardo broke his left fibula and his left ankle.  The injury was a complicated one and kept Eduardo out of the game for almost a year.  Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger called for Taylor to be banned from the sport, although he did retract his comments at a later date.  On Eduardo’s first match back, he pulled a hamstring and was out injured again.


As you can see, injuries do happen in football, and a lot of the time they could have been prevented.  However, with the medicine we have these days, most players can usually continue to play the game they love once they have recovered.

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