10 Of The Most Sickening Sports Injuries

10. David Busst

In April 1996, Manchester United were challenging for their third English Premier League title in four years when they welcomed Coventry City to Old Trafford. Though the match ended in a straightforward victory for the Red Devils, the game is forever shrouded in infamy as the last match of Coventry defender David Busst’s professional career. In the third minute, Coventry won a corner which Busst came forward to contest. As the ball was cleared to him, he was tackled on either side by United’s Denis Irwin and Brian McClair. His lower right leg doubled over on itself as he sustained compound fractures to the tibia. As United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel vomited in shock and his blood was washed from the pitch, Busst was carried off for the first of 26 operations to repair the damage to his lower leg. Sadly, Busst contracted MRSA during one operation, the infection forcing him to retire from the sport. Busst remains sanguine about the death of his career – as a surgeon pointed out to him, had the injury happened during there 70s or early ’80s, his leg would have been amputated.
10. David Busst