5. Djibril Cisse – broken tibia and fibula (2004) Recovery time: Seven months
The Frenchman suffered a broken tibia and fibula against Blackburn Rovers after catching his studs in the turf but made a miraculous recovery to return less than seven months later.
However, this was not the end to Cisse’s problems as two years later Cisse suffered an almost identical injury in a friendly match between France and China.
6. Pedro Mendes – knocked out and suffered seizure (2006) Recovery time: Discharged the next day
Mendes was knocked out cold by Ben Thatcher’s elbow, sending him hurtling into advertising hoardings and prompting medical officials to rush him to hospital.
The Portsmouth man was released from the hospital the next day, but had suffered a seizure in the ambulance and Thatcher was justly banned for six games.