Dimitar Berbatov scored late for Fulham despite suspected broken rib

Brooks Peck
October 27, 2012

Saddled with misguided accusations of laziness and complacency throughout his career, Dimitar Berbatov always finds his goals (when given the chance to play) in just about every situation. During Fulham's match against Readying, he proved that ability while putting another dent in the criticisms of his style when he suffered a rib injury during the first half. He dealt with the pain though, and after a halftime injection he ended up scoring Fulham's third goal with a typically brilliant shot in the 85th minute, just three minutes after Reading made it 2-2.

From Football 365:

Berbatov was seen holding his back during periods of the first half, and it was expected that the striker may be substituted at half-time.

However, Berbatov had an injection during the interval, and was able to score Fulham's third goal before Reading equalised in injury-time.

"It was difficult, because I think Berbatov broke his rib," Jol said.

"We thought he may come off at half-time, but he had an injection to carry on."

It takes a lot more than a possible broken rib to keep The Berba from scoring just as it takes a lot more than a roll of your eyes for him to not be attracted to you.