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5 stars who picked up injuries before the World Cup

Amit Mishra
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#4 Santiago Canizares

Santiago Canizares
Santiago Canizares

Before a young Iker Casillas made his bow for Spain in the 2002 World Cup, Santiago Canizares was the first choice for the Spanish national team. The custodian graduated from the Real Madrid youth academy but he is predominantly known for his spell with Valencia where he won the league title.

Out of all the players on this list, Canizares' injury before the World Cup is perhaps the most strange one. Just how much damage can a bottle of aftershave cause? Ask the Spaniard.

Before the World Cup began, Canizares accidentally dropped his aftershave bottle and a broken shard tore his big toe's tendon.

When the player was asked about the incident and missing the World Cup, he said, "I do not consider myself to be unlucky by any manner of means.

"From the start of my career, I have had several strokes of good luck. But, just like everyone else, I have also had difficult times which I have had to cope with. Now I have to overcome this blow to my morale... and in my case, that may take a week or just three days."

It was a freak incident but Casillas got his chance and boy did he go on to have a career after that!

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