Messi, Neymar and other football stars suffering broken metatarsals

PSG's 222-million-euro footballer Neymar is the latest addition to the list of stars that suffer from injuries in the metatarsal bones.


Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain):

It has recently been confirmed that the Brazilian star will have a surgery to heal the foot fracture in the fifth metatarsal—the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. The player suffered this accident in the 3-0 victory of Paris Saint-Germain to rivals Marseille in Ligue 1. This decision was agreed by the medical department of the Brazilian national team and PSG club to ensure the best condition for the striker before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It is expected that Neymar's recovery will take between two months and a half and three months. 


Lionel Messi (Barcelona):

The owner of five golden balls had a surgery to heal ankle fracture and fracture in the fifth metatarsal in Barca's victory over Real Zaragoza in October 2006. As a result, "El Pugla" could not play football for three months and it is also the worst injury in his career. 


Wayne Rooney (Man Utd):

The former Manchester United striker suffered a broken fourth metatarsal bone in the loss to Chelsea in April 2006. Like Beckham, England team's youth star was almost missing the final round at World Cup 2006 in Germany in the summer. However, "Shrek" had an impressive recovery after 6 weeks to participate in the largest football festival on the planet. 


David Beckham (Man Utd):

One of the biggest injuries that the former captain of England’s football team suffered is the broken second metatarsal bone when “the Red Devils” welcomed Deportivo La Coruna in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2001. The midfielder almost lost a slot in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea – Japan in that summer. 


John Terrry (Aston Villa):

Chelsea’s Legend, Aston Villa's captain, suffered a similar injury to Neymar in the loss to Sheffield Wednesday in November last year. Instead of relying on the club's medical team, John Terry returned to Chelsea to heal the injury and came back earlier this year. 


Gabriel Jesus (Man City):

Valentine's Day last year was an unforgettable day of the Brazilian striker. He just joined Man City from the winter transfer window for £ 27m and had an impressive start when scoring three goals in four games. Gabriel Jesus unexpectedly suffered an injury and had to leave the field after only 15 minutes in the match against rivals Bournemouth. It took the number 33 player of Man City 10 weeks to return to the field.

Besides, Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) and Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) are also in this list.

By: Christina Baker

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