Goalkeeper injured falling, trying to save cat from tree | inside World Soccer

Oxford City goalkeeper Victor Francoz has put himself out of action after falling out of a tree while trying to save a cat.

If you see a cat stuck in a tree, will you save it?
If you see a cat stuck in a tree, will you save it?

The rescue attempt resulted in a deep gash in his calf and the 23-year-old will now be unable to take part in Oxford's next few games.

And to make matters worse, his boss Mike Ford is not impressed at the manner of losing his French goalkeeper.

Ford told The Oxford Mail: "It's ridiculous. I've not got any sympathy for him at all because he's done it to himself. He fell out of a tree when he was trying to get a cat.

"He's got a deep cut and unfortunately now we don't have Victor because he's gone back to France for a couple of weeks to have treatment.

"You just don't get professional players climbing trees."

Francoz of course, isn't the first footballer to suffer a freak injury caused by animals.

Stoke City midfielder Liam Lawrence once injured his ankle tripping over his pet Labrador and falling down the stairs.

Former Barnsley midfielder Darren Barnard missed five months of 1999 due to knee ligament damage suffered when he slipped in a puddle of his puppy's urine on the kitchen floor.

In the 1970s, Norwegian international Svein Grøndalen had to miss a World Cup qualification match after he collided with a moose when out jogging.


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