Injuries are an inevitable part of the job for footballers.
Hamstring tears, ligament damage, calf strains – you name it, most footballers will have endured one or another at some point during their career.
But Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard has revealed that he suffered a far more unusual – and harrowing – injury on a dark day in Bournemouth, however.
The former Reds captain had the immense displeasure of cutting his penis open during a match, causing a deep gash which required stitches.
‘The magic of the FA Cup was bloodied on the day my penis was cut and then stitched shut on an unromantic afternoon in Bournemouth last year,’ the 35-year-old told the Daily Mail.
Gerrard is usually well known for his powerful tackle (Picture: Twitter)
‘It was eye-watering. I tried to close down a winger to block his cross but felt a stinging in my privates. I thought, ‘S*** — that doesn’t feel right!’ It was stinging like f***.
‘The gash looked pretty bad, right across the middle. There was plenty of blood. I needed four stitches and the lads were absolutely p*ssing themselves.
‘You can imagine the jokes about inches and stitches and my future performances at home.’
Probably didn’t effect his ball control though…