Bale injury: Did the twin brother of a Liverpool flop get retribution with his challenge?

It's doubtful Liverpool fans will remember Philipp Degen fondly; who is preparing to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League tomorrow night.

Gareth Bale's latest injury at White Hart Lane against Basel was just one of those unfortunate incidents which take place in a game, right?

Think again, because whether deliberate or not, a piece of divine retribution if you are a member of the Degen family took place a week ago.

To get back to the root of this story, you need to travel back to the not so impressive English football career of Philipp Degen, who was signed by Liverpool in 2008.

Despite being picked up on a free transfer, he will go down as one of Rafa Benitez' worst signings, making a paltry seven Premier League appearances for the Reds.

But it was not entirely his fault; Degen suffered badly with injury - on his debut he collided with teammate Sami Hyypia and suffered a punctured lung.

Then on his comeback in a League Cup game, he broke his metatarsal; and this is where our tale begins to pick up pace;

Degen himself said: "This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me, … I simply burst into tears in the dressing-room. Tottenham's Gareth Bale made a bad challenge on me, and I did not even get a penalty. But the bone in my foot is torn apart, and I will be out another four to six weeks. It is the saddest event of my life – I keep asking myself if I did something wrong in a past life."

Fast forward to the present, and Philipp Degen plays for Basel, and was an unused substitute in the clash at White Hart Lane.

But one Degen did get on the pitch. David Degen, Philipp's twin brother.

And what happened? In the 89th minute Bale is involved in a clash with Degen and comes off worse, landing awkwardly, clearly in pain and had to be stretchered off and has missed the Everton game and will also be unavailable for tomorrow's return clash.

They say football is swings and roundabouts, and for Bale and Degen this has really proved so.

Total coincidence? Probably. But unless you were privy to the private conversations of the Degen brothers, you will never really know...

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