Photo: Celtic target and former Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael Van Der Vaart involved in horror leg break incident

Van Der Vaart

The Dutchman was in involved with an unfortunate collision with Mainz's Elkin Soto.

Last week it was reported by The Scotsman that Celtic were keen on the signature of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman has made his intention to leave Hamburg SV in the summer clear and that has alerted the attention of several clubs across Europe, including, it seems, Celtic.

RVDV, something of a cult hero at Tottenham, has over 100 caps for the Dutch national team and has also played for the likes of Ajax and Real Madrid - so he would undoubtedly be an incredible signing from The Bhoys.

Today he played in an important fixture for his current club, who are battling relegation from the Bundesliga.

He played as they defeated Mainz 2-1 away from home this afternoon, featuring for the entire 90 minutes in a solid display.

But he will perhaps remember the game for the wrong reasons. He was involved with a horror injury involving Mainz attacking midfielder Elkin Soto.

The Colombian was closed down by the Dutchman when trying to play the ball, and ended up kicking him in the back of his leg, resulting in a horrible injury. For those of a nervous disposition, be warned, the photo is fairly graphic.

At 34-years-old Soto will now struggle to get back to full-fitness in the near future. Van Der Vaart meanwhile will need to put this incident behind him.

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