Swansea defender Alan Tate, who broke his leg in a bizarre golfing accident, is not the only footballer to be injured in odd circumstances.Here, we look at some other unusual things which have sidelined players over the years:
DARREN BARNARD: The former Barnsley midfielder was sidelined for five months with a torn knee ligament after he slipped in a puddle of his puppy’s urine on the kitchen floor.
STEVE MORROW: The former Northern Ireland defender broke his collarbone after falling off the shoulders of Tony Adams while celebrating the 1993 League Cup final win against Sheffield Wednesday.
KEVIN KYLE: The Kilmarnock striker spent a night in hospital in 2006 when his eight-month old son kicked a jug of boiling water over his crotch.
CHIC BRODIE: The Brentford goalkeeper’s career came to an abrupt end in 1970 when he collided with a sheepdog which had run on to the pitch. Brodie shattered his kneecap. “The dog might have been a small one, but it just happened to be a solid one,” he reflected.
ALAN WRIGHT: The former Aston Villa full-back strained his knee by stretching to reach the accelerator in his new Ferrari. He subsequently swapped the sports car for a Rover 416.
CHARLIE GEORGE: Arsenal’s 1971 FA Cup hero managed to cut off his toe with a lawnmower.
SVEIN GRONDALEN: The Norway defender had to withdraw from an international during the 1970s after colliding with a moose while out jogging.
DARIUS VASSELL: The then Aston Villa striker missed several games after he drilled through his toe nail with a home power drill thinking it would relieve the pressure on a swollen toe. The attempt at DIY surgery succeeded only in giving the toe an infection which required medical attention.
RIO FERDINAND: During his spell at Leeds, the defender managed to pick up a tendon strain in his knee watching television. Ferdinand had his foot up on a coffee table for hours and ended up injuring a tendon.
DAVE BEASANT: The goalkeeper ruled himself out for eight weeks in 1993 when he dropped a bottle of salad cream on his foot, severing the tendon in his big toe.
DAVID JAMES: The England goalie once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control and the keen angler also tweaked his shoulder when trying to land a carp.
ALEX STEPNEY: In 1975 the Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney dislocated his jaw while shouting at his defenders.