England suffered a bizarre disruption during their World Cup opener against Italy last night.
Physio Gary Lewin was carried away on a stretcher after dislocating his ankle while Roy Hodgson’s coaching staff celebrated Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser during the eventual 2-1 defeat.
Here, we look at some of football’s more unusual injuries over the years:
STEVE MORROW: The former Northern Ireland defender broke his collarbone after falling off the shoulders of Tony Adams while celebrating the 1993 League Cup final win against Sheffield Wednesday, in which Morrow scored the decisive goal.
DARREN BARNARD: The former Barnsley midfielder was sidelined for five months with a torn knee ligament after he slipped in a puddle of his puppy’s urine on the kitchen floor.
LEROY LITA: The England Under-21 international damaged a muscle while stretching after he woke up.
KASEY KELLER: The United States international knocked out his front teeth while pulling his golf clubs out of the boot of his car.
RICHARD WRIGHT: Wright was ruled out of Everton’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at Chelsea after suffering a freak injury during the warm-up. Wright ignored a notice warning him not to practice in the goalmouth and promptly fell over the sign, suffering a twisted ankle. The same player also damaged his shoulder falling through a loft as he was trying to pack away his suitcases.
RIO FERDINAND: During his spell at Leeds, the England defender managed to pick up a tendon strain in his knee while watching television with his foot up on a coffee table for a number of hours.
SEAN FLYNN: The then-Kidderminster captain suffered a broken nose, busted lip and bruised toes after tripping over his son’s toy cars.
DAVE BEASANT: The veteran goalkeeper managed to rule himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe.
DAVID JAMES: The England goalkeeper once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control and the keen angler also tweaked his shoulder when trying to land a monster carp.
ALEX STEPNEY: In 1975 the Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders during a match against Birmingham.
CHIC BRODIE: The Brentford goalkeeper’s career came to an abrupt end in October 1970 when he collided with a sheepdog which had run on to the pitch. Brodie shattered his kneecap while the dog got the ball. ‘’The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one,’’ he reflected.
SANTIAGO CANIZARES: The Spain goalkeeper missed the 2002 World Cup after accidentally shattering a bottle of aftershave in his hotel sink. A piece of glass fell on his foot, severing a tendon in his big toe.
ALAN WRIGHT: The diminutive former Aston Villa full-back strained his knee by stretching to reach the accelerator in his new Ferrari. He subsequently swapped the sports car for a Rover 416.
SVEIN GRONDALEN: The Norway defender had to withdraw from an international during the 1970s after colliding with a moose while out jogging.
ALAN MULLERY: The England star missed the 1964 tour of South America after injuring his back while brushing his teeth.
GENNARO GATTUSO: The former Italy midfielder dislocated and fractured bones in his left hand after falling into the dug-out during a training match ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
DAVID BATTY: The former Leeds and Blackburn midfielder managed to re-injure his Achilles tendon when he was run over by his toddler on a tricycle.
LEE HODGES: The then-Barnet player slipped on a bar of soap in the shower and wrenched his groin.
CHARLIE GEORGE: Arsenal’s 1971 FA Cup hero cut off his toe with a lawnmower.
KIERON DYER: The midfielder damaged his left eye when he collided with a pole in training when at Newcastle - ruling him out for two weeks.
MICHAEL STENSGAARD: The Danish goalkeeper was forced to retire after suffering an injury to his shoulder while he attempted to fold down an ironing board.
DARIUS VASSELL: The then-Aston Villa striker missed several games after he drilled through his toenail with a home power drill thinking it would relieve the pressure on a swollen toe. The attempt at DIY surgery succeeded only in giving the toe an infection which required medical attention.
KEVIN KYLE: The Kilmarnock striker spent a night in hospital in 2006 when his eight-month old son kicked a jug of boiling water over his crotch.
LIAM LAWRENCE: The midfielder, while at Stoke, fell down the stairs and injured his ankle after tripping over his dog.
MARIO BALOTELLI: The Italian, never far from a bizarre story, was substituted during Manchester City’s UEFA Cup defeat against Dynamo Kiev after suffering what was said to be an allergic reaction to the pitch.
ALAN TATE: The Swansea defender was ruled out for six months with a broken leg after being involved in an accident involving a golf buggy.