They either always have their faces buried in to the soft grass on the football pitch while pulling faces of anguish for a seemingly soft challenge, or they’re watch from the sidelines, with a baseball cap and their phone in hand. Today, the Fan Park Crew has decided to field the strongest XI of injury-prone players.
Although they may not get through 90 minutes, here is how they line up in a 4-4-2 formation:
Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski
The 29-year-old former Gunner, who is now playing at Swansea, failed to take his chances at Arsenal, because of his injury problems. Whenever he came in to replace an injured Szczesny, he hurt himself!
Left-back – Jose Enrique
The Liverpool defender has struggled badly with injuries over the last few seasons, and it resulted in him losing his place in the first team. It's been a knee problem that's kept him sidelined, and it doesn't look like his troubles are over.
Centre-back – Johnathan Woodgate
After his move to Real Madrid from Newcastle in 2004/05, he spent the entire season out injured and was later ditched by the Spanish giants. Stretch, Johnathan!
Centre-back – Ledley King
At one point of his Tottenham career, the towering defender could only playing every two weeks due to his reoccurring knee troubles. If he was fit for most his career, he definitely would've been one of England's best.
Right-back – Rafael
The young Brazilian, who is rumoured to be on his way out of Manchester United, has missed several golden opportunities at cementing a first-team spot due to a reoccurring knee-injury.
Left-mid – Jack Wilshere
This promising talent is another player who may not reach full potential, given the amount of time he has already spent in recovery! Just when he looks to be fully recovered from one knock – he’s on the turf again, ready to hop onto the stretcher.
Centre-mid – Abou Diaby
He’s been at Arsenal for nine years and has only managed 180 games for the Gunners. He was set to be the next Vieira! The Frenchman has been cursed with over 12 long-term injuries at only 28-years-old.
Centre-mid – Owen Hargreaves
Another talent who was set to become one of England’s leading midfielders – especially after his World Cup performances, failed to take flight due to long spells out with knee problems.
Right-mid – Arjen Robben
The 31-year-old seems to be playing freely these days, but has had over 22 injuries in his time!
Striker – Alexandre Pato
Perhaps it was his injury problems that forced AC Milan to sell him to Corinthians, after he looked like an extremely talented player when bursting onto the scene. Fortunately, time is still on his side.
Striker – Robin van Persie
He’s a proven goal-scorer, but it’s not exactly a shock when we see him on the sidelines with a small knock. These knocks have added up, especially during his earlier years with Arsenal, and has seen him miss out a lot in his football career!
Can you name any other players who you think deserve a spot in his injured XI? Let us know in the comments section below.