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.
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.
This Guendouzi reaction to Danny Welbecks injury made me so sad for Welbeck , Injuries are a big set back to any player especially when it means he has to stay out for a while.
Get Well Soon Danny Welbeck
— TheGenerous (@TheAmwai) November 8, 2018
Emery on Welbeck: “This is the worst news tonight. It’s clear he was playing well and had chances. His injury also affected the mentality of the players as they could see it was a big injury.”
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) November 8, 2018
5. Dean Ashton- West Ham
Happy 32nd Birthday to Dean Ashton, what a player. Such a shame his career was cut so short due to injury https://t.co/RwHIcPLItJ
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) November 24, 2015
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
Pierluigi Casiraghi. Signed for £5.4m in 1998, he played only ten games before a serious injury ended his career. pic.twitter.com/JSA453fw0h
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) March 20, 2014
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.