Five Players Who Fought Back From Devastating Injury to Enjoy Successful Careers

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ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:  Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal talks to Robert Pires during an Arsenal training session ahead of their Champions League Group F match against Napoli at London Colney on September 30, 2013 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

​Injuries can be devastating to a player, as well as the club he plays for. Many players were famously injury prone, and their career was defined by the ridiculous number of injuries they suffered. Owen Hargreaves and Jonathan Woodgate come to mind while thinking about these players, however, there are several of them of fought back after suffering from a career threatening injury


Here are five players who fought their way back from devastating injury.

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5. Robert Pires

Robert Pires was one of the best players in the Premier League in 2001 when he helped Arsenal win the League title in that season. With weeks to go to the 2002 World Cup, however, the winger picked up a cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season as well as the World Cup. 


Despite this heartbreaking setback, Pires returned in November of 2002, and after a slight dip in form was able to help Arsenal in their legendary unbeaten season of 2003-04.

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4. Petr Cech

The fact that Petr Cech was injured is something most new football fans are not aware of, despite the headgear he wears in every match, such is the greatness of the player. Cech has become so synonymous with his headgear, that most people can’t imagine him without it, as it has been the player’s constant companion during the last 10 years.


In 2006, Cech suffered a horrible injury when Reading winger Stephen Hunt, collided knee first into his head, which resulted in the goalkeeper nearly losing his life. To protect his head thereafter, Cech started wearing his scrum headgear and has been a constant fixture for Chelsea and Arsenal ever since.

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3. Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer is famous for being the top Premier League goal scorer of all time with 260 goals to his name and he did this despite suffering from a number of injuries. He suffered his first injury while playing for Blackburn Rovers where he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament.

This led to him missing half a season, but he was able to make a comeback and went on to score several goals for them, eventually helping them to lift their only title in 1995.


The second one was even worse, as while playing for his favourite club Newcastle, he again hurt his ankle ligaments. His time there was rife with injuries, but despite this, he was able to come back from all of them, notching an impressive total of 206 goals for his side.

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2. Francesco Totti

In 2006 in a match against Empoli, Francesco Totti fractured his Fibula and tore his ligaments in a devastating injury, that most thought he would not be able to return from. This was not the only injury in his long career, as later he hurt his anterior cruciate ligament as well.


Despite this, he would return only three months after his first injury and would go on to prove why he was one of the greatest players of his generation. After his second injury, he struggled with his form for a while but continued to turn out for his club Roma, and in the end managed to regain his ability. He played the last few years of his career as a super sub and retired earlier this year in February at the grand age of 40.

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1. Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van ​Nistelrooy is without doubt one of the best players to have ever played for Manchester United, but his transfer to Old Trafford was something that almost did not happen. While his move to United was under discussion, he suffered a horrible injury in a training session with his then team PSV, where he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and almost knocked any chance he had to be signed by United out the window.


However, Sir Alex Ferguson was not a person to be deterred so easily and after a year of recovery signed him from PSV for the originally agreed price. The price served to be a boost to the morale of the striker and he went on to become a United legend, as he scored 150 goals in his five seasons with the club and is now regarded as a club legend.

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