Warning: This one is not for the squeamish…
Back on 7th February in their fixture against Manchester United, Chelsea’s centre back Kurt Zouma treated us all to the sight of him hyper-extending his right knee. The resulting diagnosis was a damaged ACL. For those of you who missed it, here’s what it looked like.
Legs aren’t supposed to bend that way. Looks a bad one on Zouma. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/jo7bV078Fh
— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) February 7, 2016
The frequency of ACL injuries appears to be on the rise as already this season, there are 9 top flight players currently sidelined with this type of injury.
Rather than delve into the discussion as to what might cause such an injury, instead let’s look back and review some of the worst injuries suffered in the Premier League since it began. 8 squeamish reminders should be enough.
In no particular order (apart from number 1)
- Alan Smith (Man Utd) – 2006
Even Wes Brown’s corn rolls couldn’t diminish the spectacle of Smith’s obvious break and dislocation
- Luc Nilis (Aston Villa) – 2000
So long ago many won’t remember this one. Perhaps that’s just as well
- Eduardo (Arsenal) – 2008
Thanks to Birmingham’s Martin Taylor, Eduardo got to enjoy this…
- Petr Cech (Chelsea) – 2006
The reason for the scrum cap. A collision with Ireland’s Stephen Hunt saw Cech suffer a blood clot on the brain.
- Alf Inge Haaland (Man City) – 2001
The infamous challenge by United skipper Roy Keane, seemingly in retaliation for Haaland laughing at previous knee injury suffered by Keane. Certainly not Keane’s finest moment
- Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 2010
This was nasty. Playing against Stoke, the Welsh midfielder suffered a horrific leg break after a challenge from Ryan Shawcross. After refusing to accept Shawcross’ apology after the game, relations between the two clubs have worsened to the extent that Stoke fans now jeer Ramsey every time Arsenal visit the Britannia.
- Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – 2015
This one didn’t actually happen in the Premier League but we just couldn’t leave it out. United’s Shaw suffered a double leg break (tibia/fibula) against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015 and will be lucky to see any further action this season.
- David Busst (Coventry) – 1996
This one is perhaps the worst injury of the Premier League history. Against Manchester United, Busst contested a ball low into the box and in a sea of bodies his leg folded under him. Such was the extent of Busst’s injury, he never played again and it took nearly 10 minutes to mop up the blood from a horrified Peter Schmeichel’s six yard area.
Nearly 20 years ago now, David Busst’s horrendous leg break stands out as the worst injury of the Premier League to date. It’s fair to say that there is nobody out there willing to challenge him for that unwanted title.