Grafts, Gangrene And Potential Amputation: The Full, Gruesome Scale Of Santi Cazorla’s 18-Month Injury Nightmare Revealed

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It's now been 18 months since Santi Cazorla last graced a football pitch, so it's fairly obvious to say that his latest bout of injury woe has been a serious one.

However, the full extent of Cazorla's prolonged suffering has been laid out in an interview with MARCA today, and boy oh boy has the Arsenal midfielder been through the mill.

Ouch: Albacete Defender Mariano Bittolo Requires 10 Stitches In Penis Wound After Colliding With Teammate (Video)

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If you think you had a rough Sunday nursing that cream liqueur hangover then spare a thought for Albacete defender Mariano Bittolo, for he definitely had it worse.

There's no easy way to say this: Poor old Bittolo was left requiring stitches in a penis wound after having his cobblers gashed by a teammate's flailing studs.

‘I Have A Feeling’ – Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Hints Zlatan Ibrahimovic Could Be Back In His Pack Before End Of Year

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It sounds like Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be back among the Manchester United fold sooner rather than later despite suffering an cruciate injury that may well have ended the career of lesser 35-year-old's just six short months ago.

Ibrahimovic signed a short-term deal in September that will see him rejoin United as and when he returns from injury and the Swede was even included in Jose Mourinho's 25-man Champions League squad in expectation.

West Brom: Ben Foster Suffers ‘Enormously Worrying’ Knee Injury While Playing In Garden With Young Son

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The keen-eyed amongst you may have noticed that Boaz Myhill enjoyed a rare start betwixt the sticks for West Brom in Monday night's 1-1 draw against Leicester, his first appearance since April of 2016.

This was because the Baggies' first-choice goalkeeper, one Ben Foster, managed to succumb to injury the weekend before the match while mucking around in his own back garden.

Reports: Man City Striker Sergio Aguero ‘Suffers Fractured Rib’ In Amsterdam Car Crash

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Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday night that has reportedly left the Man City striker nursing a fractured rib.

The Argentinian was in the city on his day off, attending a concert as a special guest of Colombian pop star Maluma.

Bayern Munich Coax Veteran ‘Keeper Tom Starke Out Of Retirement To Help Cover Manuel Neuer’s Extended Injury Lay-Off

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Bayern Munich have added veteran goalkeeper Tom Starke to their Champions League squad despite the fact that the 36-year-old retired from football four months ago,

Starke managed a full 10 appearances in five years at Bayern before calling it quits at the end of last season, only to make a couple of cameos in the Bavarian club's pre-season tour of the USA.

Twang: Valencia Coach Marcelino Pulls Hamstring While Celebrating Simeone Zaza’s Winning Goal Against Real Sociedad (Photo & Video)

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Valencia coach Marcelino is set for a spell on the sidelines (although that's where he spends the majority of his time anyway, thinking about it...) after doing himself a mischief while celebrating Simeone Zaza's late winner against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.

With the scores locked at 2-2, Zaza popped up in the 85th minute to thrash one past Sociedad 'keeper Geronimo Rulli and nab all three points for the away side.

‘It Is Not Too Serious’ – Pep Guardiola Delivers Good News After Ilkay Gundogan Limps Off In First Man City Start For Nine Months

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Ilkay Gundogan returned to the Man City side for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup fixture against West Brom for the first time since he ruptured his cruciate ligament back inDecember last year.

However, after nine months of gruelling rehab, the German midfielder's comeback lasted just shy of an hour when an 'industrial' hack from a lunging Claudio Yacob left him in a crumpled heap on the floor.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Barcelona Wear ‘Courage’ T-Shirts In Tribute To Ousmane Dembele, Who Has A Hamstring Injury…

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Barcelona dismantled Eibar in La Liga on Tuesday night, sauntering to a formulaic 6-1 victory at the Camp Nou in a performance that was no doubt spurred on by the recent loss of teammate Ousmane Dembele.

Indeed, the Barca team assembled before kick-off wearing "Courage Dembele" t-shirts in honour of their fallen comrade.

Real Madrid: Marco Asensio To Miss Champions League Opener With ‘Leg Shaving-Related’ Injury Problem

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Real Madrid are due to begin their Champions League title defence with a group stage curtain-jerker against APOEL tonight, but they'll have to do so without the services of man-of-the-moment Marco Asensio.

Indeed, Asensio is set to miss Los Blancos' Group H opener due to injury and not just any old injury, oh no.

Gruesome: Image Of Ederson’s Facial Wound Hits Social Media After Man City Keeper Laid Out By Sadio Mane (Photo)

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As you may recall, Man City goalkeeper Ederson didn't make it to half-time of Saturday's 5-0 drilling of Liverpool after being poleaxed by a rogue high boot from Sadio Mane.

Mane, who received a straight red card from referee Jon Moss, was quick to apologisefor the challenge that left Ederson requiring medical attention for the lacerations on his face.

‘I Pray He Heals Fast’ – Sadio Mane Offers Facebook Apology To Ederson After Mashing Studs Into Man City Keeper’s Face

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As you may have heard, Sadio Mane was shown a straight red card during Liverpool's heavy defeat to Man City on Saturday for leaving an imprint of his studs in Ederson's left (facial) cheek.

A seemingly lifeless Ederson received almost 10 minutes of treatment on the pitch before being administered gas and air and being carted away on a spinal board and rushed to City's on-site medical facility to check for fractures, only for the Brazilian 'keeper to return to the dugout after half-time with a sticking plaster on his face.

‘I’ll Be Out For About Three Weeks’ – Robin Van Persie Refutes Reports That Latest Knee Injury Could Be Devastating Career-Ender

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Robin van Persie has assuaged fears that his latest injury, suffered while on international duty with the Netherlands, is bad enough to leave his career in the balance.

The 34-year-old striker was called into the Dutch squad for the first time in almost two years to face France and Bulgaria in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers.

Hamburg: Nicolai Muller Ruled Out For Seven Months After Rupturing Knee Ligament While Celebrating Goal (Photo & Video)

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Hamburg opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 win over Augsburg, with winger Nicolai Muller grabbing the only goal of the game.

Alas, the eighth-minute goal also saw Muller's involvement in the match come to an abrupt end when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the act of celebrating it.

Brazil: Santa Cruz Striker André Luis Injures Himself While Celebrating Opening Goal Against Criciuma (Video)

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Three days in and we've already witnessed the finest goal celebration of the week, courtesy of Santa Cruz forward Andre Luis.

Luis was Johnny-on-the-spot to put Santa Cruz ahead against Criciuma in the Brazilian second tier on Tuesday night, only to immediately do himself an extreme physical discourtesy while attempting to celebrate it.

Chelsea Confirm Pedro Suffered ‘Multiple Fractures’ After Being Poleaxed By David Ospina During Recent Arsenal Friendly (Video)

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Chelsea have confirmed that Pedro suffered "multiple fractures" after being turned inside-out by Arsenal 'keeper David Ospina during a friendly encounter between the two sides in Beijing on Saturday.

Pedro was flattened when Ospina came charging out to punch a ball clear only to inadvertently poleaxe the Spanish forward in the process.

‘It Was A Bit Of An Exaggeration’ – Turns Out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Knees Aren’t Quite As Impressive As Mino Raiola Would Have Us Believe

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Hard to fathom, we know, but it turns out that Mino Raiola's recent bragthat Zlatan Ibrahimovic's super strong knees have been deemed worthy of medical research were a little... over-egged.

Raiola was speaking after his client went under the knife at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicineto fix the cruciate ligament injury suffered against Anderlecht in mid-April that prematurely ended his season.

Bayern Munich: Javi Martinez To Miss Rest Of Season After Breaking Collarbone While Out Hiking

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Bayern Munich have announced that Javi Martinez will miss the rest of the season after the midfield injured himself while out hiking recently.

According to Bayern's official site, Martinezbroke his left collarbone while out "hikingin the mountains while at home in Spain."


Bournemouth: Agony For Jack Wilshere As Scan Reveals Midfielder Suffered Broken Ankle Against Tottenham

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Just when it looked like he was putting a decent run of games together, it's been confirmed today that Jack Wilshere is set for yet another prolonged period on the sidelines.

Indeed, the Bournemouth midfielder hobbled from the pitch during last Saturday's defeat against Tottenham, though initial X-rays proved inconclusive.

Chelsea: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Suffered Ankle Injury While Filming ‘Promotional Basketball Video’

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The keen-eyed amongst you may have noticed that Asmir Begovic made his very first Premier League appearance of the season betwixt the sticks for Chelsea as Antonio Conte's went down 2-0against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

This was because the Blues' first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, was ruled out of the vital match with an ankle injury.

Shane Long Used Pregnancy Breathing Techniques To Help Calm Seamus Coleman After Gruesome Double Leg Break

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Itwas quite possibly the tenderest scene Pies have ever witnessed on a football pitch the sight of Shane Long rushing to cradle teammate Seamus Coleman after the latter suffered a grim double leg break in the Republic of Ireland's recent 0-0 draw against Wales.

It's since been revealed that, in an attempt to keep Coleman as relaxedas possible in the immediate aftermath, Long actually implemented soothingbreathing techniques he'd learned while assisting his wife Kayleah with her pregnancy.

Borussia Dortmund: Mario Gotze Sidelined Indefinitely After Discovery Of ‘Metabolic Disturbances’

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Having barely made a dent since his grand return, Mario Gotze has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with what Borussia Dortmund are calling "metabolic disturbances".

A succession of musculartweaks had previously restricted Gotze to just nine starts for Dortmund this season, following his controversial transferback from Bayern Munich in the summer spending a cumulative total of less than half-an-hour on the pitch since New Year.

Bournemouth: Callum Wilson Ruled Out For Six Months After Pranging ACL For Second Successive Season

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Shite news for Bournemouth and even shiter news for Callum Wilson today after the striker was ruled out for the rest of the season with a "serious knee injury."

Wilson ruptured his ACLjust a few weeks into the 2015/16 season and spent the next eight months recovering before finally making it back out onto the pitch for the last month of the campaign.

Hull City Confirm Ryan Mason In ‘Stable Condition’ After Suffering Fractured Skull In Collision With Chelsea’s Gary Cahill

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Hull City have confirmed that Ryan Mason is now in a "stable condition" in hospital after suffering a fractured skull during Sunday's game against Chelsea.

Mason was involved in a gruesome (though completely accidental) clash of heads with Gary Cahill that left the Chelsea defender groggyand the Hull midfielder flat out on the turf.

Sporting Gijon Defender Douglas Suffers Strange Buttock Injury After Falling Asleep In ‘Uncomfortable Position’ On Team Bus

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Barcelona right-back Douglas has done himself no favours in his attempt to shed his reputation as a perma-crock after managing to succumb to injury in his sleep.

The Brazilian, who is currently on a season-longloan at Sporting Gijon, has managed just 379 minutes on the pitch for Barca since arriving ahead ofthe 2014/15 season due to a never-ending spateof knacks and knocks.

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Accident In The Workplace: Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Perilously Close To Slipping Off Real Madrid’s Team Bus (Video)

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Having been granted an extended summer break, Cristiano Ronaldo played a purposefully limited part in Real Madrid's 2-1 Super Cup victory over Manchester United in muggy Macedonia last night.

With fans clamouring to see the Portuguese star, Zinedine Zidane (possibly reluctantly) sent Ronaldo on for the final eight minutes of the match in what proved to be a largely unspectacular cameo.

Stay Strong Shaw!

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It was that sick feeling that you get in your stomach when you know that something serious has happened to a player as he goes down, visibly in agony. That was the feeling I had as soon as I...

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United Need to Toughen Up!

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Agudelo Undergoes Facial Surgery; Expected Back Soon

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Revolution forward Juan Agudelo underwent surgery on Friday for a minor facial injury suffered during last week's U.S. match against Jamaica.

Agudelo suffered a small facial bone fracture during the first half of the match, but fought through it to play the full 90.

Woodberry (Ankle) Questionable for Knockout Clash

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London Woodberry's availabilityWednesday's knockout match at DC United is up in the air after the Revolution right backwas listed as questionable witha left ankle sprain on the team's latest injury report.

Woodberry suffered the injury late in the first half of Sunday's match at New York City FC after Khiry Shelton fell on the right back's left leg.

Bunbury (Shoulder) Out; Nguyen Off Injury List

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It was a classic case of good news/bad news on Saturday's Revolution injury report.

After missing Sunday's match due to right groin irritation, midfielder Lee Nguyen is no longer listed on the report, but Teal Bunbury is listed "out" after suffering a sprained right shoulder during the waning minutes of Sunday's loss in Seattle.

Nguyen Undergoes ‘Procedure’ for Injury

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It appears that neither of the Revolution's top two midfielders will be suiting up for preseason action this winter.

With Jermaine Jones already slated to miss regular season action due to sports hernia surgery performed on Feb. 10, Revolution coach Jay Heaps confirmed on a teleconference with the media on Friday that Lee Nguyen underwent "aprocedure" for an undisclosed injury.

Jones to Miss 4-6 Weeks Following Surgery

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At the start of preseason camp, Revolution coach Jay Heaps spoke about how excited he was to have designated player Jermaine Jones at his disposal this winter. But on Tuesday, it became clear that Heaps won't have that opportunity after all.


Arsenal’s Mr Glass survives injury scare before netting

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Jack Wilsherefeatured for Arsenal's Under-21 side tonight against West Bromwich Albion, and gave his coaches a fright before being allowed to see the match out. The England international was making his third appearance since recovering from a leg injury which has prevented him from playing a second of Premier League football this season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain expects more improvement this season

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The Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he was playing through the pain barrier for the whole of last season, which severely affected his performances, but this year he is perfectly fit and ready to make a big impression on the side. In an interview with the Online Gooner, the young England international was [.

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‘He Definitely Wants To Play’ – Jamie Vardy Assures Us All That Danny Drinkwater Isn’t An England Shirker After Southgate Snub

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Danny Drinkwater "definitely wants to play" for England, despite declining a call-up for the Three Lions' November friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Not our words, Carol. The words of Jamie Vardy, who has assured us that his former Leicester City teammate's excuse that he does not currently feel fit enough for international inclusion is perfectly kosher.

Classic WWII Ordnance Hi-Jinks: Brentford ‘Keeper Chic Brodie Finds Hand Grenade In His Goalmouth, 1965

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Charles 'Chic' Brodie was no doubt a perfectly serviceable goalkeeper in his day, we couldn't possibly comment to the counter, but alas his 21-year professional career is generally boiled down to two memorable incidents.

The first of which happened on November 6th, the day after Bonfire Night, back in 1965 during a match between Brodie's Brentford and their cross-London rivals Millwall at Griffin Park.

Living The Djream: Cisse Emerges From Retirement To Sign For Swiss Third Division Side (Photo)

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Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has come out of retirement to link up with Swiss third division Yverdon-Sport FC.

In a move that has surprised most everybody – perhaps including Cisse himself – the 35-year-old, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, has resumed a career that has seen him go through more clubs than a pack of cards.

Concussions: A Humorous Approach

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You've probably never heard a Tarheels-Bulldogs matchup lauded about in the history books. In fact, you probably don't even know who that is. And you shouldn't. There is nothing too special about the Yale Bulldogs or the University of North Carolina Tarheels when it comes to soccer. However, you may be one of the 36.

Red Bulls lose Damien Perrinelle to knee injury for rest of playoffs

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New York Red Bulls fans feared the worst when they saw Damien Perrinelle land awkwardly on his leg, writhe in pain for a few minutes, and get taken off the field on a stretcher.

Well, the injury is as costly as could have been imagined.

The Red Bulls announced on Tuesday that Perrinelle will miss the remainder of the MLS Playoffs with the left knee injury he sustained in Sunday's match vs.