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English Premier League: 5 best comebacks from injury in 2015/16

Kapil Virani
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27 May 2016, 11:12 IST
Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture in his leg and hasn’t returned since

Football can be very rough at times; a tackle a second too late or an awkward landing here and there can lead to career-ending injuries. Coming back from an ACL tier, a dislocated ankle or a fractured fibula, to play with the same drive and at the same level is always tough for any player.

Luke Shaw was one such victim to an unfortunate incident earlier in the season. On 15th September 2015, in a game against Dutch side PSV in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, the Manchester United full-back was on the receiving end of a poor challenge by defender Hector Moreno, which resulted in a double fracture on his right leg and the Englishman has not yet returned to competitive football.

However, we saw some players come back from injury setbacks this season and perform for their teams when needed most, some even improving their form and returning stronger than ever. We take a look at five of the best comebacks from injury in the 2015/16 Premier League season.

#1 Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez celebrating his goal against Manchester City

It was typical bad luck for Arsenal when they were soaring up atop the Premier League table and lost Sanchez to a hamstring injury, that too when the Chilean was looking in the best of form.

Alexis picked up a hamstring injury in the Premier League clash against Norwich and was sidelined for almost two months. But he came back strong, scoring 7 goals and creating 38 chances in his 16 appearances after January.

The star forward was largely the reason behind Arsenal’s strong finish to the season, as they leapfrogged bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspurs to finish in second position. Since his arrival, Arsenal suffered only three defeats and went on to finish the season with an impressive 10-game undefeated run in the league. The stunner he scored in the penultimate game against City just proved the talent of the former Barcelona man.

Sanchez will look to answer his critics by leading Chile to success in Copa America yet again this summer. Chile won their first ever Copa America in last year’s tournament by defeating Argentina in the final and will be depending on their main man to fire on all fronts when they start their campaign on June 7th.  

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