5 Players Whose Careers Were Ruined by Injuries Featuring Jack Wilshere and Marco Reus

5 Players Whose Careers Were Ruined by Injuries Featuring Jack Wilshere and Marco Reus

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:03 PM
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  • Many players have seen their careers curtailed due to constant niggling injuries that have prevented them from realizing their full potential
  • England fans rue the injuries that cost them two of their brightest talents in Jack Wilshere and widely-travelled striker Daniel Sturridge
  • Marco Reus and the Brazilian Ronaldo are the other players who we might never know their true worth despite watching glimpses of their immense talent

Injuries in sports have always proven to be a major obstacle in players' careers. Great players have in the past, and to date, continue to suffer injuries that have somewhat curtailed their impressive growth.

Take for example the sad fall of Eden Hazard. Hazard was easily one of the best players in the world when he signed for Real Madrid in 2019. But constant injuries have seen his value take a skydive.

Eden Hazard, Real Madrid, Marco Reus, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Daniel Sturridge.
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard leaves the field of play after injuring himself in the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain. Photo by David Ramos.
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Givemesport compiled a list of players whose careers were wrecked by injuries.

1. Jack Wilshere

Undoubtedly a good footballer during his days, injuries have been the hallmark of the former Arsenal midfielder. The now 30-year-old managed to register 34 England caps despite his constant troubles.

He has had a spell at Bournemouth and he is now turning out for AGF Aarhus in Denmark.

2. Marco Reus

There is an unpopular opinion in football that Marco Reus could have probably won the Ballon d’Or by now had he been fit his whole career.’

The long-serving Borussia Dortmund player has been in and out of the squads but his talent remains there for all to see.

3. Daniel Sturridge

Some football quarters define Sturridge as a player who could have led the England national team to greater heights. He developed a very interesting partnership with Luis Suarez as Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League in 2013.

But he has now been shipped all over the world due to injury spells. He was recently released from his Perth Glory contract in Australia after only featuring for 138 minutes.

4. Ronaldo

He is regarded as one of the finest strikers of his generation. Many argue that they would have liked to see how his career would have panned out had he reached his full potential.

The Brazilian was still able to make something out of his career despite being constantly on the injury table.

5. Abou Diaby

The Frenchman was the heir apparent to Patrick Viera at the Emirates. But bad luck saw him suffer 42 injuries during his time at Arsenal.

Diaby was every manager’s dream with his dribbling skills that were able to initiate attacks from deep down a team’s own half. He played just 39 games in his first three years under Arsene Wenger.

Five clubs that have lost the most number of Champions League finals

Sports Brief had earlier reported on the top five clubs to lose the most number of Champions League finals. Liverpool’s recent Champions League defeat to Real Madrid saw them scale up on some unwanted piece of history.

Their 1-0 defeat saw them take fourth place in the list of teams that have lost the most Champions League finals.

The Reds were gunning for a seventh European title, but the defensive solidity of Carlo Ancelotti’s side and the precision of Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior undid them.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)