Johnson joins list of freak sporting injuries
VETERAN Greater Western Sydney star Steve Johnson will miss much of the club's pre-season training after rupturing a tendon in his thumb.
But it was how he suffered the injury that has attracted attention.
Johnson was apparently reaching for his phone in a bag when he ruptured the tendon.
He will have surgery this weekend and remain in a cast for six weeks, and is expected to be out of training for three months.
"This is certainly one of the more unusual injuries, but Steve is a professional and coming into his 16th pre-season, we have no doubt he knows how to get himself ready for the season proper," Giants general manager of football Wayne Campbell said.
To make the timing of the injury even worse, the three-time premiership winner with the Cats was married on Friday, a day after suffering the injury.
Johnson isn't the only athlete to have suffered a bizarre injury over the years. Here are 10 other unusual, unexpected or unlucky mishaps to have befallen our sporting idols.
In 2005, the Australian fast-bowling spearhead was ruled out of the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston with ankle ligament damage after stepping on a stray cricket ball during the warm-up before play commenced. It turned out to be one of the great Test matches. McGrath's replacement, Michael Kasprowicz, was dismissed for the last wicket of the game by Andrew Flintoff with Australia just two runs short of victory.
The Manchester United superstar was seen with a cut above his eye in 2003, the result of being hit by a boot kicked by his manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in a fit of rage after an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. The England football captain was sold to Real Madrid soon after.
The Western Bulldogs legend hit the training paddock in 2010 as he battled back from a calf injury. But as he went through his paces, he was bumped by a trainer driving a golf cart carrying drinks for the players. Johnson appeared to laugh off the incident but his manager at the time, Ricky Nixon, later said there was more to it. "There's not too many players who have to retire on the back of getting hit by a golf cart in the middle of a football oval," Nixon said. Johnson retired a the end of the year after 364 games for the club.
The Manly centre missed three weeks this season with a broken hand after punching a door. The NSW Origin player "struck out with frustration and stupidity" when he struggled to open front door of his apartment after a night out. He was also fined $10,000.
The Australian swing bowler, a year after taking 42 Test wickets on the tour of England, came off second best when he tackled an English pitch invader at Perth in 1982. In one of Australian cricket's ugliest incidents, Alderman was at square leg when the invader clipped him on the head, prompting the bowler to set off after him and tackle him to the ground. But Alderman fell heavily, dislocating his shoulder in the process. He was out of the game for more than a year.
The Melbourne Storm forward was the victim of a State of Origin bonding session gone horribly wrong under first-time Blues coach Wayne Pearce in 1999. The New South Wales prop broke his collarbone after being thrown from a horse. He missed the entire series, which ended locked at 1-1 after the third game was drawn 10-10 at Lang Park, meaning Queensland retained the shield.
A World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, the defender required surgery after rupturing a tendon in his left thumb ... playing PlayStation. Regarded as one of the greatest defenders of his generation, Nesta reportedly suffered the injury in 2005 after an all-night gaming session.
Stephen Kearney and Jason Donnelly
On tour with the Kiwis in 1993, the pair was hospitalised when a balustrade they were leaning on collapsed in Carcassonne, France. The duo fell from the first-floor balcony on to bricks below. Kearney, then with the Western Suburbs Magpies and who will coach the Warriors next season, suffered serious head injuries and was in hospital for three days, while Dragons winger Donnelly broke his an ankle and damaged his pelvis.
Jason Gillespie and Steve Waugh
In the first Test at Kandy in 1999, Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardena skied at catch towards deep square leg off Colin Miller. Fixated on the ball, Australian captain Waugh and fast bowler Gillespie collided as they both went for the catch, with Waugh's face smashing into Gillespie's leg. Waugh ended up with a broken nose, while Gillespie suffered a broken leg and wrist. Incredibly, Waugh returned for the second Test 12 days later, but Gillespie was out for much longer.
Last month, the Panthers hooker underwent emergency surgery after cutting his hands while fishing. The former Bronco was rock fishing while on holidays in Queensland when he was knocked off his feet by a wave, slicing both hands on the rocks. Penrith general manager of football Phil Gould confirmed Wallace would be out of full training until Christmas.