Footballers have suffered some bizarre injuries over the years -- like Ivano Bonetti's fractured cheek bone from a plate of chicken wings or Chic Brodie's career-ending broken kneecap from a dog that ran on the pitch. And now, Ever Banega can add his name to the list.
Valencia playmaker Ever Banega will be out of action for up to six months with a broken ankle after he failed to set the handbrake in his car at a petrol station and it rolled back and trapped his foot, Spanish media reported on Sunday.
"The player Ever Banega has suffered an accident with his own car after training on Sunday when he received a trauma to his left leg that caused a fracture to his tibia and the perone bones," Valencia said in a statement.
The club said the break had not been clean, the area was inflamed, and after hospital checks that surgery would take place on Monday.
Banega will need about six months to recover after the surgery is performed.
As embarrassing as that may be for Banega, he can take comfort in the fact that he wasn't injured by a child's tricycle like David Batty.