The Worst Tackle Of The Season?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. nike vapor says:

    i hope eduardo make a quick recovery. such a good player

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  2. Neil says:

    Mr Vapor.

    You are scum.

    Utter, utter, utter scum

  3. Moore says:

    One thought that occurred to me while watching the tackle (briefly I might add, repeat slow-mo viewings didn’t appeal) was to wonder how much protection Eduardo recieved from his shin pad, and if the pad could be improved to offer more in the way of protection for that part of a player’s leg. Perhaps if it wrapped a little further around the calf this would be the case. I can’t believe that with the amount of money available to kit manufacturors there isn’t a material available that can make stong, light, protection that remains flexible until extreme pressure is applied.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in favour of going down the route of shoulder pads and helmets, but the shin pad is an existing piece of equipment designed to protect the thinnest and most vulnerable part of the leg and, in light of this horrible injury, is surely worth a fresh look.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s actually quite an interesting injury that he’s got. He’s snapped his fibula, and fully dislocated his ankle, which combined are potentially making it look worse than it is.

    A dislocated ankle alone will leave your foot swinging, or “hanging off” as some people described it at the time, which accounts for the odd angle it is in the pictures. He’s “lucky” that the bone sticking out was his fibula rather than the weight bearing tibia, but then the angle of the tackle always made that the most likely result. The ankle popped, the bone was compressed, it snapped due to where his foot (and Taylor’s) went, and it got pushed out.

    Unlike both Buust and Nilis, his leg in general is still actually the same shape, all the deformity is around his ankle and in that one, non-load-bearing bone.

    It seems like it should be a relatively simple pin or plate job. Some surgery, about 8-10 weeks in a cast putting no weight on that leg (which he’d probably have to do for the badly dislocated ankle anyway), and then the long, slow, physio road back to fitness.

    Of course, this is all random speculation from someone who’s not a doctor, and does rely on him avoiding complications and infections while in hospital, and assumes that everything broke cleanly, and that he’s not cut the nerves going to his foot, and countless other things.

    And it was a shit tackle, but still probably not in the worst 5 this season.

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