Goalkeeper injured in attempt to save cat from tree, gets no sympathy from manager

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Non-league club Oxford City will be without goalkeeper Victor Francoz for at least two weeks after the Frenchman managed to get injured while attempting to get a cat out of a tree. The rescue attempt resulted in Francoz falling from the tree and suffering a gash on his leg. The cat's condition remains unknown.

Regardless of Francoz's attempt at heroism, Oxford City manager Mike Ford is not impressed. From the Guardian:

"It's ridiculous," Ford told The Oxford Mail. "I've not got any sympathy for him at all because he's done it to himself. He fell out of a tree when he was trying to get a cat.

"He's got a deep cut and unfortunately now we don't have Victor because he's gone back to France for a couple of weeks to have treatment. You just don't get professional players climbing trees."

It doesn't quite stack up with Ever Banega running himself over with his own car or Rio Ferdinand straining a tendon while putting his feet up on his coffee table, but failed cat rescue definitely classifies as one of the more exotic injuries in football history.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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