7 Most Bizarre Injuries Which Kept Footballers Out Of Action

Infected leg pimples are not the only strange reason for missing football matches.

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Footballers are always tarnished with the brush of being pretty lame when it comes to sustaining injuries and missing matches, and while some are genuinely debilitating , there are others which quite simply require a second glance when you read about them.

Last week gave us a fine example of this, as Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio announced he would miss his team's Champions League tie with Apoel Nicosia with an infected pimple on the leg. In a truly bizarre turn of events, Asensio had apparently been shaving his legs, only to come out of the other side with this 'horrific' injury.

Asensio is not the first footballer to miss a game through strange or odd circumstances, and we have seen plenty of examples over the years of misfortune off the pitch leading to missed minutes on it.

Broken aftershave bottles, bed time mishaps, and just plain stupidity have robbed some footballers of playing time, and it's happened more than enough times to warrant a closer look...

7. David Batty

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David Batty, the former Leeds United and Newcastle hard man, was forced into an extended layoff by the most unlikely of sources - his three-year old daughter.

The combative midfielder was resting an already sore ankle sustained on the field, when, during his recovery period, his pride and joy inexplicably ran over his injured limb with her tricycle, condemning the England man to a few more weeks on the sidelines than first planned.

Many will remember Batty as the player who missed the crucial penalty to send England out of the 1998 World Cup, but on a lighter note, Batty himself will no doubt look back on his tricycle mishap with a smile now he sits comfortably in retirement.

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