Valencia’s tea-time injury not the first and won’t be the last

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The news that star striker Enner Valencia could be out for four weeks will have come as a blow to West Ham fans as the side look to snap out of a slump that has seen them bag just one win in eight games.

But the Ecuadorian’s injury didn’t come when over stretching for a slightly long pass, or the result of a crunching tackle.

No, simply put the former Pachuca man reportedly dropped a china cup on his foot, smashing and causing a deep laceration to his foot.

It may sound like a strange thing to happen, but he isn’t the first footballer to spend time on the sidelines after letting something out of his grasp, as this trio demonstrate and ironically it’s the goalkeepers that are most guilty.

Dave Beasant needs dressing down after salad cream incident

His heroics in that famous FA Cup final for Wimbledon? His fantastic perm? Or that injury?

We’ve all got our favourite footballing memories of Dave Beasant, and he became the king of freak injuries when in 1993 the then-Chelsea goalkeeper let a bottle of salad cream slip out of his grasp.

The result was a ruptured ligament in his ankle and effectively ending his career at Stamford Bridge with Dmitri Kharine retaining the first choice keeper’s slot.

Canizares sacrifices Spain’s number one spot for his scent of choice

His time had finally come. Santiago Canizares, so often relegated to the second or third choice for Spain, looked poised to head into the 2002 World Cup as his nation’s number one.

But at the team’s training camp in Jerez, a spot of male grooming went a bit haywire.

His F Roja team-mates wouldn’t have felt the most confidence in their stopper had they seem him struggle to maintain control of a bottle of aftershave.

The cologne, like Dave Beasant’s salad cream, left the Spaniard picking shards of glass out of his foot, severing a tendon and his big chance at the same time.

Tony Adams repays Steve Morrow for his cup heroics

After scoring the winner in Arsenal’s League Cup victory against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993, you would have expected Steve Morrow’s teammates to be more careful with him.

But as Tony Adams got in on the party atmosphere at Wembley, he attempted to lift the midfielder onto his shoulders in celebration, only to fail miserably.

His team-mate plummeted to the ground, sustaining a broken arm in the process.

With an oxygen mask strapped to his face, the Gunner wasn’t able to get involved in the trophy presentation, instead opting for a trip to the local hospital.

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