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Pucks, lions and chainsaws: the freak sporting injuries

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Sports stars don’t just get injured in action.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is doubtful for Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Southampton after a pitch invader fell on his ankle while celebrating the club’s Super Cup victory in Istanbul.

The Spaniard was in the Reds’ goal as cover for Alisson Becker, who is currently injured himself.

Here, PA looks at other sportsmen who have suffered unusual injuries.

Jason Roy

Batted back - Jason Roy suffered an unusual injury last summer
Batted back – Jason Roy suffered an unusual injury last summer (Nick Potts/PA)

Scott Baldwin

Wales hooker Baldwin sat out the Ospreys’ PRO14 defeat against the Cheetahs in September 2017 because of a lion bite. The then 29-year-old was absent from the 44-25 loss after he was injured while attempting to stroke the caged animal at a game lodge in Bloemfontein. He later said he had needed four operations and was told he could have lost his hand.

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Quinton De Kock

Quinton De Kock goes walkies after a dismissal against England at the World Cup earlier this summer
Quinton De Kock goes walkies after a dismissal against England at the World Cup earlier this summer (Nigel French/PA)

Lee Burge

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Coventry goalkeeper Burge trained with a bandage on his head after he was struck by a puck while watching ice hockey last September. The then 25-year-old reportedly needed hospital treatment after being hit while he watched the Coventry Blaze’s Elite League clash with the Sheffield Steelers.

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath receives treatment after injuring himself at Edgbaston
Glenn McGrath receives treatment after injuring himself at Edgbaston (Rui Vieira/PA)

Wayne Rooney

Rooney, then captain of England and Manchester United, caused controversy in 2015 when a video emerged of him boxing in his kitchen with former team-mate Phil Bardsley. A blow from Bardsley floored Rooney, who fell backwards on to the floor. After the video was aired, Rooney celebrated a goal against Tottenham by shadow boxing and then pretending to hit the deck. “I was in a house with some friends. Obviously I was caught on the wrong end of a punch, but I wasn’t knocked out like it was reported,” Rooney said.

Svein Grondalen

A moose (not THE moose)
A moose – not THE moose (Peter Cairns/Handout)

Rory McIlroy

David James

Take it steady on the Strictly dancefloor, David!
Take it steady on the Strictly dance floor, David! (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Jamie Donaldson

Ryder Cup star Donaldson suffered a severe finger injury following a mishap with a chainsaw in January 2016. The Welshman, who claimed the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States in September 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand. Above the image, he wrote: “So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!!”

Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio is a smooth operator
Marco Asensio is a smooth operator (Nick Potts/PA)

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