Then, there is the clear 'winner'. Without a doubt the worst ever injury on the pitch. The one David Busst. No, I did not watch it as it happened - I hadn't even started watching football then. However, in one of the preview shows leading up to a league weekend a few seasons ago while Coventry were still in the Premiership, they did a special interview with David Busst. That of course include a video clip of the said injury, which somehow got past the Censorship Board even though parts of Terminator 2 got censored.
Well, for the uninformed, here are a few quick points about the injury (blatantly ripped off from football365.com)
Only those of you with a strong constitution should continue reading.
Busst’s injury, suffered at Old Trafford as a Coventry City player in 1994, is widely regarded as the most horrific seen on these shores.
Even a quick resume of the facts surrounding the injury is enough to turn the stomach:
- Shattered, Busst's right leg was broken to such an extent that it was turned back at an angle of approximately 90 degrees with both his tibia and fibula snapped in half.
- Upon seeing the injury, ManYoo's Peter Schmeichel vomited on the pitch. Traumatised, Schmeichel required counselling.
- Busst required 22 operations just to have his leg saved from amputation.
- The match was delayed for around fifteen minutes while the Old Trafford groundstaff cleared away the blood.
- Brian McClair, reputedly close to tears, continued to hold Busst's hands as he was stretchered off. The player, who now works for Coventry City, later told The Daily Telegraph: "I could see the crowd clapping and cheering in sympathy but I couldn't hear them above the noise of my screams. It was frighteningly painful and I knew that something major was wrong. It felt as though a part of me which should have been there was missing."
- To quote from the newspaper: 'At Hope Hospital, Salford, Ross [the surgeon who first operated on the player] gently removed Busst's boot, before peeling back sock and shin-guard to reveal a shard of bone sticking through the bloodied skin midway between knee and ankle like a white arrowhead. Still fully conscious, Busst then experienced the unique sensation of shattered bone being manipulated back inside his leg and straightened before an external splint could be fitted and a pain-killing injection finally administered.'
- Busst has never played football again and still walks with a limp.
And after much effort testing my patience in Google, I finally managed to find a picture of the horrific injury...