Metatarsal curse hits resurgent Heskey

Emile Heskey is the latest England player to be hit by the curse of the broken metatarsal.

Heskey, who has been lauded over the past week as one of the main catalysts for England’s impressive wins over Israel and Russia, suffered the injury after nine minutes of Wigan’s Premiership encounter aganst Fulham on Saturday.

The Latics striker cracked his fifth metatarsal, whilst wearing his Nike Air Legends’, after jumping in the air and coming down on his ankle. Not through kicking the ball, not even through a crunching tackle.


The England target man is likely to be out for a period of six weeks, meaning he will be a major doubt for England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia in October.

Heskey joins a long list of England players who have suffered the curse of the metatarsal injury over recent years.

Below is a list of the members of the unwanted group and their current football boots of choice.

David Beckham – Adidas Predator Absolute Globe
Gary Neville – Adidas Predator Absolute
Danny Murphy – Nike Air Zoom Total 90
Steven GerrardAdidas Predator Absolute
Scott Parker – Puma v-Konstrukt
Ashley Cole – Adidas Predator Absolute
Michael Owen – Umbro X Boot III
Ledley King – Adidas Predator Absolute
Wayne RooneyNike Total 90 Laser
Joey Barton –Nike Total 90 Laser

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  1. says: Petre

    Why don’t the football boot companies start looking out for their players instead of lining their own pockets all the time. The amount of foot injuries is getting beyond a joke.

  2. says: tyson

    i know everyone is trying to blame the boots for peoples injuries, but i would love to see some base to this.
    is it that there is less protection? is the cleat formation getting players? what is it.
    i find it hard to believe that a pair of the total 90 lasers has less protection than a pair of copas. please give me your reasons for this. what would you all suggest the boot companies do? what would stop these injuries from occuring in your eyes?

  3. says: ronald

    i dont think that the cleats have really much to do with this, its probably because of the way they land or the fact that they train much more and do harder workouts durin training and it causes stress on their feet so therefore during a game their feet are not a 100% recooperated from the hard trainings that they do and they manage to break a metatarsal, so therefore i dont think that the boots have much to do with this for example compare manias to predators is there much of a big difference? not really. yet when manias were worn there didnt seem to be a lot of metatarsal injuries.

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