World Cup Injuries

With only two weeks left to go of the tournament, it seems that player injuries are stealing the spotlight.

The World Cup is notorious for player injury, and this year looks like it will be no exception.

Injuries not only cause pain and discomfort for the player, but they can cause financial implications for the club and a potential altered outcome of matches because of the missing player.

There are a number of common injuries in football, but thankfully most are minor to mild in severity. Sprains, fractures, and bruising are all typical, but unfortunately this years World Cup has already seen serious injuries affect some of its most influential players. We take a look at just a handful.

Fractures

Injuries were taking place even before Brazil’s football fiesta got underway in June. AC Milan captain, and Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during Italy’s World Cup warm up fixture against the Republic of Ireland. It is believed that the 29 year old will be sidelined for two months as a result of his injury.

Mexico’s Luis Montes suffered the same fate just moments after scoring a spectacular goal in a pre World Cup friendly against Ecuador. The midfielder left his teammates in tears when he was stretchered off to hospital following the horrifying leg break.

Eye Injury

31-year-old Steve von Bergen will miss the rest of the World Cup after the Swiss player suffered a fractured eye socket after he was accidently kicked in the face by French striker Olivier Giroud. The defender was led off the field with blood pouring from his eye following the collision in the sixth minute.

Back Injury

31-year-old French winger Franck Ribery injured his lower back during a training session at the beginning of June. An MRI scan confirmed the extent of the injury and the Bayern Munich player was ruled out of the tournament.

Head Injury

In football, the most important issue when dealing with a head injury is to prevent concussion. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for Netherlands player Bruno Martins Indi after he clashed with striker Tim Cahill during the Australia game. The defender was stretchered off with concussion, but has since returned to action.

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