Six players who suffered horrific leg breaks

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

Players from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have suffered devastating leg breaks in the last few years, and to encourage Everton's Seamus Coleman, more than one made a rapid recovery.

Luke Shaw - Manchester United

Luke Shaw was enjoying his best spell in a Manchester United shirt before suffering a double leg fracture in a Champions League game with PSV Eindhoven. Following a difficult first season in Manchester after his big money move from Southampton, the left back had made an impressive start to his second campaign.

The England international was caught by Hector Moreno with a slide tackle which resulted in him being stretchered off with an oxygen mask. As a result, he missed England's Euro 2016 campaign before returning to action in United's FA Community Shield triumph over Leicester City at Wembley. 

The 21-year-old is yet to rediscover his peak form since his return.

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Riyad MahrezManchester United's Luke Shaw has missed much of the last 18 months

Djibril Cissé

Cissé was unfortunate enough to have suffered two leg breaks during his career. The striker broke his tibia and fibula in a Premier League fixture for Liverpool against Blackburn Rovers back in 2004. In what can only be described as a freak accident, the former French international got his foot stuck in the Ewood Park turf whilst challenging for the ball and his leg instantly snapped.

He returned to the pitch after six months out, which was a lot quicker than anticipated, and he helped Liverpool to Champions League glory. In a cruel twist, on the day a loan deal with Olympique de Marseille had been reportedly agreed, Cissé broke his leg in an international friendly against China in June 2006. He was back on the pitch by October.

Eduardo Da Silva

Eduardo's leg break in 2008 is one of the most graphic seen in the Premier League's history. Birmingham City's Martin Taylor mistimed his tackle and broke the Brazilian's left tibia and dislocated his left ankle. The injury sustained was so graphic that the Sky Sports cameras did not show replays of the incident and players around him on the pitch were in clear distress.

Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Eduardo da SilvaSevilla's Steven N'Zonzi in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Eduardo da Silva

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called for a lifetime ban from football for Taylor, but he later retracted his comments. He did not appear for the Gunners until over a year later and was not the same player that had been signed from Dinamo Zagreb. He sealed a transfer to Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk in July 2010 after making just 67 appearances in three years for Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey

Lightning did strike twice for Arsenal as they had to go through the ordeal of another leg break just two years later. Aaron Ramsey was the unfortunate victim when he was hospitalised with double fracture to his lower right leg in February 2010. Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross tackle caused the injury and Arsenal fans have not let him forget the incident since.

The Welsh international was walking without crutches after just one month and was back playing in October where he had spells with Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City to regain his match fitness. The midfielder has been a part of the Arsenal first team set up ever since and despite having his fair share of injuries in recent years, he has managed to avoid another leg break.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey after sustaining an injuryArsenal's Aaron Ramsey has not had the best luck with injuries

Alf-Inge Haaland

Whilst all of the above injuries were results of either freak accidents or human error, the same cannot be said for Haaland's injury. As a result of a long running feud with notorious Manchester United hard man Roy Keane, the defender was a victim of Keane's malice in the Manchester Derby in April 2001.

Keane had held a grudge with Haaland after he claimed that Keane had feigned an injury to avoid punishment after making a tackle on Haaland whilst he played for Leeds in 1997. Keane injured his anterior ligament and was out of action for almost a year.

In an act of revenge, Keane purposely took out the Norweigan's right knee and was sent off but not without letting him know how he felt whilst he was on the floor receiving treatment. He would go on to play the rest of the game and an international friendly just three days later. Ironically, Haaland's premature retirement was down to problems with his left knee.

Seamus Coleman

The Everton right-back and Republic of Ireland captain is the latest Premier League star to fall victim to the ill-fated leg break. He broke his leg in the World Cup 2018 qualifier against Wales after a misjudged tackle by Wales and Aston Villa left back Neil Taylor.

The 28-year-old is set for a long spell out of football following the double fracture to his lower right leg and his injury has been met with unwavering support and we will be wishing Coleman a speedy recovery as he bids to return in time to help realise Everton's European ambitions and to play a part in Ireland's 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.

Wales' Neil Taylor is sent off by referee Nicola Rizzoli as Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injuredWales' Neil Taylor is sent off by as Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman lies injured

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