It emerged this week that Real Madrid star Marco Asensio would miss his club’s Champions League opener at home to Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night due to an infected pimple sustained during a leg-shaving incident.
Inspired by this unusual incident, we take a look at five of the most bizarre injuries picked up by sports stars which have prevented them from taking part in their respective fields.
Rio Fernidand – Coffee Table Trouble
The then Leeds United defender suffered one of the most infamous injuries of modern times in the early 2000s.
The future England and Manchester United centre-half ended up missing an extended period after resting his feet on a coffee table whilst watching television and when he tried to get up he strained a tendon in his knee, proving rest and relaxation is not always the best option.
Liam Lawrence – Danger Dog
The then Stoke City and Ireland midfielder badly sprained his ankle after a late night trip (pardon the pun) to the bathroom when he collided with his family dog and fell over.
“He was walking down the stairs and tried to step over his dog and he’s gone over on his ankle. I don’t think anything is broken, but it’s very disappointing,” said manager Tony Pulis at the time.
Derrick Rose – Fatal Fruit
The calamitous NBA star needed ten stitches to his arm in 2008 after his attempt to slice an apple in bed went wrong.
It is believed that the then-rookie suffered the injury after rolling onto the knife he had used to carve the piece of fruit.
Paulo Diogo – Wedding Ring Wrangle
Perhaps the most gruesome injury on this list belongs to Swiss footballer Paulo Diogo. While he was celebrating his side Servette scoring a goal against Schaffhauasen he leapt on to the perimeter fencing to be with the fans.
However, his wedding ring got caught on the fence and when he dismounted he left a piece of his finger up there. Attempts to reattach the digit failed and some more was amputated for good measure.
Stuart Hogg – Friendly Fire
It is commonplace, given the physical nature of rugby, for players to get injured in collisions with the opposition. However, it is less common for players to pick up serious knocks as a result of run ins with their own teammates.
This, however, is what happened to Scottish full-back Stuart Hogg on the most recent Lions tour to New Zealand, when the electric Scott collided with his teammate Ireland’s Conor Murray during a warm-up game against the Crusaders. Hogg broke his cheek bone, ruling him out of the remainder of the tour.
Michael Keaveny, Pundit Arena