Getting knocked out while carrying the washing... and other freakish footballers’ injuries

Dave Beasant (left) injured himself after dropping a bottle of salad cream on his foot
Dave Beasant (left) injured himself after dropping a bottle of salad cream on his foot
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Chris Kirkland has revealed that he almost missed Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup third round match against Manchester City after knocking himself out while taking washing up the stairs... but he’s certainly not alone in the freakish injury file.

Here are some other bizarre knocks and bumps with, perhaps unsurprisingly, goalkeepers featuring heavily...

David James

David James

SANTIAGO CANIZARES

The Spain goalkeeper was forced to miss out on the World Cup in Japan and South Korea after dropping a bottle of aftershave and severing a tendon on his toe as a shard of glass flew from his sink.

DAVE BEASANT

Like the above, it was careless hands that cost Beasant, then at Chelsea, but it was salad cream rather than aftershave that did the damage. Beasant dropped a bottle and instinctively attempted the trap it with his foot, again severing a tendon in his toe.

Kirk Broadfoot

Kirk Broadfoot

DAVID JAMES

Another injury and another goalkeeper and this time it had nothing to do with dropping, though probably more bizarre. The Liverpool, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Man City and England stopper pulled a muscle in his back while reaching for his TV remote control.

READ MORE: Home fall almost KO’d Kirkland’s big match at the Etihad

ALEX STEPNEY

Leroy Lita

Leroy Lita

The Manchester United keeper is described as ‘a good talker’ on his Wikipedia page - that’s up for debate, as he once dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defence.

KIRK BROADFOOT

Moving away from keepers, Rotherham United defender Broadfoot was left with egg on his face while at Rangers when inspecting his lunch, the poached eggs exploded and scalded his face with boiling hot water.

LEROY LITA

Darren Barnard

Darren Barnard

It’s hard to get injured while in bed but when at Reading, the Barnsley striker was forced onto the sidelines for a short spell after pulling a muscle in his leg while stretching.

DARREN BARNARD

You might think we are taking the **** with some of these but that was literally the case for the former Barnsley man who suffered a lengthy spell on the treatment table after tearing his knee ligaments having slipped on a puddle of his dog’s urine on the kitchen floor.

LIAM LAWRENCE

Another canine catastrophe as when at Stoke, the ex-Barnsley midfielder came a cropper after a sneaky late tackle from his Labrador. Lawrence was heading across the landing in the dark of night and tumbled over the pooch, going over on his ankle in the process.

STEVE MORROW

Liam Lawrence

Liam Lawrence

After Arsenal had beaten Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup final, goalscoring hero Morrow was hoisted into the air by skipper Tony Adams...and promptly dropped, breaking his collarbone. Morrow was unable to take the Wembley steps to pick up his medal and also missed the FA Cup final, again against Wednesday.