Eduardo injury among worst seen

Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva suffered an horrific injury in this afternoon’s Barclays Premier League match at Birmingham.

The Brazil-born Croatia star required more than eight minutes treatment for what looked to be a serious ankle injury before being carried off on a stretcher following a tackle from Martin Taylor.

The Blues captain was sent off for the challenge which came less than three minutes into the game at St Andrews.

Eduardo is not the first to sustain a sickening injury, and here PA Sport looks back at some others.

DAVID BUSST

The Coventry defender suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in a collision with Manchester United defender Denis Irwin during a match at Old Trafford in April 1996. The leg break was so bad that the bone pierced the skin and Busst’s blood had to be cleared from the pitch. He never played professionally again. United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who witnessed the injury, required counselling afterwards.

LUC NILIS

The Belgian striker sustained a double fracture in his right leg as he raced towards goal while playing for Aston Villa against Ipswich in September 2000. He was forced to announce his retirement from the game the following January.

DJIBRIL CISSE

The Liverpool striker went down in agony under a challenge from Blackburn’s James McEveley in a match in October 2004. His left leg crumpled under him, fracturing his tibia and fibula. The prognosis was that he would miss the rest of the season, but incredibly he battled back to fitness, making his return in the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus last April.

HENRIK LARSSON

The Celtic striker suffered a double fracture of his left leg 11 minutes into the Hoops’ UEFA Cup clash with Lyon in October 1999. His manager at the time John Barnes insisted the injury looked worse than it was and revealed his displaced shinpad made it look as though his leg had been horribly broken. Larsson did indeed return to action and went on to become the club’s record goalscorer with 242.

ALF INGE HAALAND

The Norwegian was taken out by a knee-high assault by Roy Keane in a Manchester derby at Old Trafford in April 2001. He never completed another match for Manchester City and surgery never fully solved the problem with his knee and he announced his retirement in July 2003. Keane later revealed in his autobiography that it was premeditated revenge after he suffered a season-ending injury while trying to foul Haaland, then at Leeds, in a match in September 1997.

STAN COLLYMORE

The controversial striker was at Leicester when he broke his leg in an all-east midlands clash with Derby in April 2000. Collymore required six minutes of on-field treatment, including an oxygen mask, before being taken to hospital.

ALAN SMITH

Smith was playing for Manchester United in their FA Cup fifth round defeat at Liverpool when he broke his left leg and dislocated his ankle. Smith landed awkwardly as he blocked a John Arne Riise free-kick and was taken to hospital. He was out for seven months.

KIERON DYER

West Ham’s Dyer suffered by far the most serious injury of his career when he broke his right leg in two places following a tackle from Bristol Rovers’ Joe Jacobson just 10 minutes into August’s Carling Cup second-round tie at the Memorial Stadium. He has not played since.

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