7. Petr Cech – depressed skull fracture (2006) Recovery time: Three months
Probably the reason why Petr Cech wore the leather helmet whenever he marched on the pitch. Chelsea goalkeeper almost died after a controversial collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt.
Pieces of bone went deeply into Cech’s head, there were initial suspicions of a blood clot on the brain and two metal plates were hastily fitted.
8. Eduardo – broken leg and dislocated ankle (2008) Recovery time: One year
Just like Andre Gomes’ injury, Skysports refused to show footage of this horrific leg break at Birmingham City, which was caused by the duly red-carded Martin Taylor, who Arsene Wenger suggested should be banned for life.
Eduardo’s leg is believed to have penetrated his sock and there are even suggestions that he could have lost his foot if the tackle was any harder. The injury was so massive that Eduardo was given an oxygen mask while being taken off.