Ouch! The Top 10 worst footballing injuries of all-time

Arsenal starlet Aaron Ramsey's season is over after he suffered an horrendous double leg fracture in a challenge with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross at the weekend .

But the Gunners youngster is far from the first players to suffer the ugly consequences of the beautiful game, as MirrorFootball discovered...

10) Henrik Larsson - Lyon v Celtic, October 22, 1999
Although he had suffered a pretty nasty double fracture of his left leg, footage of Larsson making an ill-fated tackle during the Hoops’ UEFA Cup clash suggested he had suffered a dreaded compound fracture.

Thankfully the Swedish striker’s displaced shinpad made the injury look somewhat worse than it actually was.

Recovery:  Made a full recovery and went on to become Celtic's record goalscorer with 242 goals.

9) Alan Smith - Liverpool v Manchester United, February 18, 2006
Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as one of the worst injuries he’d ever seen, Smith broke his left leg and dislocated his ankle after landing awkwardly while blocking a John Arne Riise free-kick.

Recognising the severity of his injury, the fiery former Leeds star was given an unlikely ovation by many of the Liverpool fans as he was stretchered off the pitch. Reds fans outside the ground weren't quite as charitable, however, when a number of thugs attacked the ambulance that was taking Smith to hospital.

Recovery:  Smith was out of action for seven months.

8) Kieron Dyer - Bristol Rovers v West Ham, August 18, 2007
Dyer has never been a stranger to the treatment table, but easily the most serious injury of his career came in August three years ago.

Acting as further evidence that his legs may actually be made of glass, injury-prone Dyer, who had only joined the Hammers from Newcastle three weeks earlier, broke his right leg in two places following a nasty tackle from Rovers left-back Joe Jacobson.

The incident took place just 10 minutes into the Carling Cup second-round tie at the Memorial Stadium.

Recovery:  Dyer has played just 16 times for the Hammers since and there have been stories that he will be forced to retire.

7) Djibril Cisse - Blackburn v Liverpool, October 30, 2004
Horror injuries have become almost as big a trademark for French forward Cisse as his eye-catching hairstyles.

Cisse's first leg break happened at Ewood Park while playing for the Reds. He managed to fracture both the tibia and fibula of his left leg not a result of a tackle, but rather from an awkward fall after the striker caught his blade boots in the turf.

Two years later, unbelievably, he was forced to miss the World Cup finals after shattering his right leg during a pre-tournament warm-up clash against China.

Recovery: If it's possible for there to be a plus side to breaking your leg, it does appear that Cisse is something of a miracle man when it comes to recovering from such blows. On each occasion, he was out of action for just seven months.

6) Luc Nilis - Aston Villa v Ipswich, September 9, 2000
Villa fans had high hopes for experienced Belgian striker Nilis when he joined them from PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer shortly before the start of the 2000-01 season.

However, that hope was sadly short-lived. Nilis played just three times in the Premier League for Villa, with the last of those appearances lasting just four minutes before he sustained a double fracture of his right leg following a collision with Ipswich keeper Richard Wright.

Recovery:  Nilis was forced to announce his retirement four months later.

5) Eduardo - Birmingham v Arsenal, September 23, 2008
Almost exactly two years to the day before Ramsey's horror injury, Eduardo suffered a terrible leg break following a tackle by Birmingham's Martin Taylor. As well as breaking his left fibula, the striker's injury was further complicate by an open dislocation of his let ankle.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger initially called for Taylor to be banned for the challenge, although he later retracted those comments.

Recovery: Eduardo was out for a week shy of a year before he returned in an FA Cup tie against Cardiff. In that match, he pulled a hamstring!

4) Petr Cech - Reading v Chelsea, October 14, 2006
Proving that it’s not just outfield players who are at risk when playing the beautiful game, Chelsea goalkeeper Cech nearly lost his life following a controversial challenge from Reading's Stephen Hunt.

Cech was left severely concussed after being kneed in the head by the Irish midfielder and collapsed in the dressing room after being carried from the playing area.

Amid fears he had suffered a blood clot, the giant keeper was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a depressed fractured of the skull.

Recovery:  After originally being told he would be out of football for at least a year, Cech made a miraculous return to the Chelsea first team just three months later. The Czech stopper now wears a rugby-style head guard when playing that protects the areas of his skull weakened by the collision.

3) Alf Inge Haaland - Manchester United v Manchester City, April 21, 2001 
Roy Keane’s knee-high horror lunge on the Norwegian in the Manchester derby earned him a red card, a five-game suspension and a £150,000 fine.

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 four years earlier.

Recovery:  After numerous attempts at a comeback, Haaland was forced to accept retirement in July 2003.

2) Patrick Battiston - France v West Germany, July 8, 1982
Midfielder Battiston was clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat in the second half of this World Cup semi-final match in Seville, when he was poleaxed by German stopper Harald Schumacher.

Not so much a challenge for the ball as an assault, Schumacher somehow managed to escape unpunished for an aerial bodycheck that left the French star in a coma.

Widely considered one of the most shocking fouls in footballing history, Battiston suffered damaged vertebrae, a broken jaw and the loss of four of his front teeth.

Recovery:  After his jaw was wired back into place, Battiston returned to work for his club Saint Etienne five months later.

1) David Busst - Manchester United v Coventry City, April 8, 1996
Arguably the most infamous of footballing injuries.

While the BBC and Sky refrained from showing the stomach-churning effects of the Coventry defender's collision with Manchester United defender Denis Irwin, the look of horror on United keeper Peter Schmeichel's face painted a vivid picture of just how serious the injury was.

Busst suffered a double compound fracture with the impact of the clash causing his cracked fibula bone to pierce the skin.

The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes while the blood was cleaned off the pitch at Old Trafford, while Schmeichel had to undergo counselling for a number of weeks following the incident.

Recovery:  Busst never played professionally again. Having faced the very real prospect of having his injured leg amputated, it's likely he felt grateful for being at least able to walk.

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