Manager relives footy star AGONY
PUBLISHED: 14:31 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 August 2010
A FOOTBALL manager has relived the traumatic events that led to one of his team-mates suffering a career-ending leg break which shocked the nation. Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish has spoken about ex-Coventry City pal David Busst s horrific injury in th
A FOOTBALL manager has relived the traumatic events that led to one of his team-mates suffering a career-ending leg break which shocked the nation.
Ebbsfleet United boss Liam Daish has spoken about ex-Coventry City pal David Busst's horrific injury in the wake of Arsenal striker Eduardo Da Silva's double compound fracture against Birmingham City.
Croatian forward Eduardo, who signed for Arsenal last summer for £8.5 million, hit the headlines when he suffered the sickening injury in the Gunners' 2-2 draw at St Andrews on February 23.
The incident brings back harrowing memories for Daish, who partnered Busst in the centre of Coventry's defence for just six minutes before his career was cut short in their 1996 Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
"I saw David go down in a bit of a heap and at first I thought it couldn't be that bad, although he was clearly screaming," Daish recalls. "It wasn't until I saw what had happened that I realised how traumatic it was. A lot of players had trouble dealing with it.
"I actually sat down with David and grabbed hold of his hand. At first he went into shock. There was a lot of blood on the pitch that needed to be cleared up. After about 20 minutes we continued the game but it was like a non-contact sport for a while afterwards. It was such a strange atmosphere. In the end we lost to a goal by Eric Cantona, but it was insignificant really. We were just going through the motions. Although we were trying to be professional, something like that is bound to affect you."
Eduardo's injury has caught the attention of the sporting world in the same way Busst's break dominated the back pages 12 years ago.
A host of top players who have suffered similar injuries have backed the striker to make a successful comeback.
Reports suggest the diminutive Croat could play again before the end of 2008, and even Busst himself has supported those claims.
He said: "If there are no complications, I'm sure he will be back playing again. It wasn't the break that stopped me playing again but the infections I caught after that. I suffered a double compound fracture of the tibia and fibula. The only difference with Eduardo's and mine is I was hit on both sides of my leg, by two players."
Fleet chief Daish, whose own career was ended abruptly by a knee ligament injury, also said he expected Eduardo to pull on his playing boots again.
He added: "He'll have the best care and attention available. Things have come on so much. The injury that ended my career wouldn't necessarily stop someone playing these days.