Players whose careers were ruined by injury

5) Jese

The attacker was tipped to be the next big thing in Spanish football after some impressive performances for Los Blancos during the 2013-14 season. His runs evoked resemblance to those of young Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. Things were looking on the up for Jese as he scored 8 goals in the season under Ancelloti. However, a cruciate ligament injury against Schalke hit Jese’s career hard. He fell down the pecking order at Madrid before signing for PSG. He failed to establish himself at Parc de Paris and was shipped out on loan to Las Palmas in January. He is still finding his feet back and might just rejuvenate; however, the young Jese is unlikely to be rediscovered.

4) Jack Wilshere

None other than the magician, Xavi Hernandez, praised England’s Jack Wilshere after the midfielder dominated the midfield in Arsenal’s unlikely win against Barcelona back in 2011. The midfielder was on Barca’s shortlist to replace the aging Xavi. Nevertheless, Wilshere has struggled to live up to the potential, partly due to his injury struggles. The midfielder has regularly struggled with ankle injuries, which is reportedly down to his playing style. His injuries meant he fell down the pecking order at the Emirates, as he left Arsenal for Bournemouth on loan at the beginning of last season. The midfielder enjoyed a promising season, before an injury towards the end of the season. A permanent move may be on the cards with Sampdoria interested in the midfielder.

3) Abou Diaby

Arsene Wenger thought he had finally ended his search for Patrick Viera’s replacement with Abou Diaby. Indeed, the midfielder had all the attributes to replace his fellow countryman. Diaby had a strong presence in the heart of the midfield, much like Viera. However, unlike Viera, Diaby had massive injury struggles. He played just 128 games for the Gunners in a thirteen-year career before joining Marseille, where his struggles have continued. He has featured for just 165 minutes in two years for the French side, who have not offered him a contract extension.

2) Kerlon

The Brazilian had all the attributes to become the best player in the world with his erratic style of play. The attacker had such magical skills both on and off the ball that there was only one way of dispossessing him, by committing a foul. He signed for Inter in 2012 from Cruzeiro. However, he was soon sent on loan to Chievo, where he struggled with injuries. His time with Inter ended without an appearance. He last played for Spartak Trnava, making just four appearances in the 2016-17 season.

1) Yoann Gourcuff

Yoann Gourcuff led Bordeaux’s charge as the French side reached the quarterfinals of the Champions league in 2008-09, defeating Juve on their way. The Frenchman seemed to have recovered from a horrible spell in Italy with Milan. The move to Lyon in the summer of ’10 was supposed to be the next step in the midfielder’s career. However, his injury problems persisted as he failed to make an impact for the Rhone giants. Gourcuff now plays for Rennes, where his father, Christian, is the coach. If not for injuries, Gourcuff could have become the one of the best playmaker France had ever produced.   

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