Football community around the World is united today in wishing Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck a quick recovery. The England forward suffered what looks like a terrible ankle injury in a 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon in Europa League. He was treated on the pitch for close to 10 minutes. At some point, he even required an oxygen mask. Emirates stadium gave him a standing ovation but they all knew that might keep him out for months.

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We all accept injuries are part of the beautiful game. However, things get pretty serious when they force players to retire. Today, we want to look at terrible injuries that forced players to retire.

5. Dean Ashton- West Ham

Players are expected to take care of each other when in training. It is very rare to hear players suffering serious injuries in training. However, this was not the case for former West Ham striker Dean Ashton. The natural striker was making headlines from all corners. England manager noticed his potential and called him for the national team.

The date was exactly August 2006, Ashton like all other players was excited that he was going to represent his country for the very first time. However, the dream did not come true because Shaun Wright-Phillips tackle crashed his left ankle. The medical team for both club and country did all they could to save his career but three years later at the age of 26, he was forced to retire.

4. Pierluigi Casiraghi- Chelsea

On 8th November 1998, Chelsea £5.4million new signing Pierluigi Casiraghi suffered a horrible injury. The attacker had arrived at Stamford Bridge after successful spells with Serie A sides Juventus and Lazio. The Blues were hoping he was the man who will help them win the Premier League.

The striker netted one goal in 9 matches and then suffered a career-ending cruciate knee ligament injury. The injury needed up to 10 operations but three years later he decided enough was enough and retired aged 35 years. He collided with West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

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