Jofra Archer, Lee Burge and Glenn McGrath
26 May 2021

Fish tanks, pucks, lions and chainsaws – freak injuries in sport

26 May 2021

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has been ruled out of England’s Test series against New Zealand.

It is understood the 28-year-old tore his hamstring after slipping on a sock on Sunday.

Here, the PA news agency looks at 10 other occasions when sports stars suffered unusual injuries.

Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer suffered an unusual injury (PA Archive)

Jofra Archer needed surgery for a cut on his hand after he dropped a fish tank whilst cleaning at home prior to travelling to India for the recent Test and white-ball series. The paceman was able to manage the injury on the sub-continent but England men’s managing director Ashley Giles revealed that the 25-year-old required an operation to remove a small fragment of glass from his hand, while also receiving an injection on his troublesome elbow.

Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio is a smooth operator (PA Archive)

The Real Madrid forward missed a Champions League game due to an infection caused by shaving his legs. Boss Zinedine Zidane told reporters ahead of Real’s 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia in September 2017 that Asensio would not feature because of a pimple which prevented him from pulling up a sock.

Scott Baldwin

Wales hooker Baldwin sat out the Ospreys’ PRO14 defeat against the Cheetahs in September 2017 because of a lion bite. The then 29-year-old was absent from the 44-25 loss after he was injured while attempting to stroke the caged animal at a game lodge in Bloemfontein. He later said he had needed four operations and was told he could have lost his hand.

Lee Burge

Coventry goalkeeper Burge trained with a bandage on his head after he was struck by a puck while watching ice hockey in 2018. The then 25-year-old reportedly needed hospital treatment after being hit while he watched the Coventry Blaze’s Elite League clash with the Sheffield Steelers.

Jamie Donaldson

Ryder Cup star Donaldson suffered a severe finger injury following a mishap with a chainsaw in January 2016. The Welshman, who claimed the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States in September 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand. Above the image, he wrote: “So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!!”

Carl Frampton

Frampton was forced to pull out of a fight against Emmanuel Dominguez in August after suffering a hand injury in what he described as a “freak accident”. The Belfast boxer, who was due to face Mexican Dominguez in Philadelphia, said a large ornament had fallen on his left hand in a hotel lobby, fracturing his fifth metacarpal.

Svein Grondalen

A moose (not THE moose) (Press Association Images)

Norway defender Grondalen, who played for his country from 1973 to 1984, probably had no concerns about his safety when he put on his running shoes and stepped out for a training run. However, while out jogging he collided with a moose and was forced to withdraw from an international as a result.

David James

Take it steady on the Strictly dancefloor, David! (PA Wire)

Former England goalkeeper James was never afraid of standing out from the crowd, but he brought himself unwanted headlines when he injured his shoulder while out fishing, causing himself pain when he tried to land a monster carp. Some of James’ injuries were not caused by other sports, though, for he once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control.

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath receives treatment after injuring himself at Edgbaston (PA Archive)

Australia paceman McGrath turned his ankle ahead of the second Ashes Test in 2005 when he stepped on a stray cricket ball during a warm-up game of touch rugby. He missed the Test which England won in thrilling fashion to level the series at 1-1. England would go on to take the series 2-1, winning again at Trent Bridge – another match McGrath missed through injury.

Jason Roy

Batted back - Jason Roy suffered an unusual injury last summer (PA Wire)

England batsman Roy missed Surrey’s crucial Vitality Blast game against Glamorgan in August 2018 – and he had only himself to blame. Roy threw a cricket bat in frustration following his dismissal in Surrey’s victory against Hampshire but did not account for the bat bouncing and hitting him in the face, later calling it a “moment of stupidity”.

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