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Rooney joins list of head injury sports stars
11:18am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
A PICTURE of England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's nasty head injury was posted on Facebook on Wednesday, demonstrating why the 27-year-old has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at other famous sporting head injuries.
Terry Butcher, England v Sweden, 1989
Butcher's blood-stained white Three Lions shirt and bandaged head has become an iconic image of England's World Cup 1990 qualifying campaign. The England centre-back was given stitches at the side of the pitch before returning to the field to play in the vital qualifier, with constant headers causing his bandages to disintegrate and leaving him with a shirt covered in blood.
Paul Ince, England v Italy, 1997
England only needed a point to qualify for the 1998 World Cup going into the game against Italy, and captain Ince received a blow to the head in the first half which needed attention. Returning to the pitch in bandages and reminiscent of Butcher, as the game wore on, Ince's shirt was turned red but he stayed on the field as England got the result they needed to qualify.
Mike Gatting, West Indies v England, Jamaica, 1986
England batsman Mike Gatting suffered a hefty blow which broke his nose during England's tour of the West Indies in 1986, which the tourists went on to lose 5-0. Gatting was facing the bowling of fast bowler Malcolm Marshall in the 1st ODI at Jamaica on February 18 and was struck on the face by a vicious bouncer. The blow was so hard that when the ball was returned to the bowler Marshall found a piece of bone lodged in the leather.
David Beckham, Manchester United v Old Trafford, 2003
Beckham needed stitches above his left eye after he was accidentally struck by a boot kicked by then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson was venting his anger after United were beaten 2-0 in the FA Cup by Arsenal at Old Trafford, with the flying boot hitting the midfielder in the face in the dressing room. Less than four months later, Beckham joined Real Madrid.
Gary Mabbutt, Tottenham v Wimbledon, 1993
Tottenham captain Mabbutt fractured his cheekbone and eye socket during a contentious challenge by Wimbledon's John Fashanu in a clash at White Hart Lane. Fashanu's elbow struck Mabbutt in the face during an aerial challenge in the seventh minute, leaving Mabbutt needing an operation to have metal plates inserted into his face.
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