8 Notable Soccer Players Who Broke Their Leg

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Injuries are part and parcel of the life of a footballer. Players at some point in their careers suffer various types of injuries. Some are worse than others. One of the most terrible types of football injuries soccer stars suffer is the leg break. This horrible injury tends to leave the player out of action for months, going to a year. In some extreme cases, the footballer might never fully recover and retire altogether from the sport. A few players over the years have suffered this bad injury. Today you will finding out the soccer players who broke their leg, but be warned, this list is not for the squeamish.

1. Djibril Cisse

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The former French international had the misfortune of suffering not just one but two leg breaks during his playing career. The first occurred when he was playing for Liverpool in an English Premier League match against opponents Blackburn Rovers in 2004 when he came off worse from a challenge by Jay McEveley. The second happened in 2006 in a pre-World Cup friendly game against China. Thankfully Cisse made a full recovery from both injuries and was able to resume his career till he retired.

2. Aaron Ramsey 

The Welsh and former Arsenal midfielder suffered this injury early on in his career when he was just 19-years-old. The incident occurred in 2010 during a league between Arsenal and Stoke City. Ramsey had his leg broken after a reckless challenge from Potters defender Ryan Shawcross. This sidelined him for about nine months. Aaron was able to fully recover from the traumatic experience to resume his playing career. He is currently on the books of the Italian side Juventus.

3. Wesley Fofana

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Leicester defender Wesley Fofana suffered a broken leg during their pre-season friendly against Villarreal in August 2021. The French centre-back was caught by a reckless challenge from Fer Nino and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher. Fofana returned to playing In March 2022 and scored on his return.

4. Hatem Ben Arfa

The French forward had his tibia and fibula broken in his left leg while playing in a league match against Manchester City. He was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and needed oxygen after a challenge from Nigel de Jong. Ben Arfa recovered in his home city of Paris, recuperating at the Clairefontaine academy before making his return to playing seven months later.

5. Luke Shaw

The England and Manchester United left-back broke his leg playing for the Old Trafford side during a UEFA Champions League match against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2015. Shaw was out for ten months but eventually made a full recovery and is now a key member of the Red Devils’ squad.

6. Andres Gomes

Andre Gomes soccer players who broke their leg
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Everton midfielder Andre Gomes suffered a horrific fracture-dislocation of his right ankle during a Premier League match with Tottenham. The Portuguese was on the receiving end of a tough take by Tottenham forward Heung-min Son. After 112 days, he returned to action.

7. Henrik Larsson 

Swedish legend Henrik Larsson suffered a leg break injury in 1999 playing in a Champions League match for Celtic against French side Lyon. The injury left him out of action for about seven months, but he came back fully fit and healed to continue leading the Hoops attack.

8. James McCarthy 

Former Everton midfielder McCarthy suffered this horror injury during a league match against then EPL opponents West Brom in 2018. James attempted to block a shot from Albion forward Salomon Rondon. Unfortunately, the force of the kick broke the Ireland international’s tibia and fibula bone in his right leg. McCarthy was out for roughly a year before returning to the game. He currently plays for Celtic.


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