England physio Gary Lewin injures ankle celebrating goal | inside World Soccer

In one of the most bizarre injuries in World Cup history, England physiotherapist Gary Lewin suffered a freak injury whilst celebrating a goal during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Italy.

The England bench exploded with excitement when Daniel Sturridge slotted in the equaliser two minutes after Claudio Marchisio had put Italy ahead in the 35th minute.

But elation turned to concern as a swarm of staff and medical personnel huddled around a distressed Lewin who injured his ankle during the goal celebration.

After a short delay, the 50-year-old England and Arsenal physio was rolled onto a stretcher and carried down the tunnel.

"That was a very sad moment for us," England boss Roy Hodgson said about the incident. "In celebrating the goal he jumped up, landed on a water bottle and dislocated his ankle.

"It was very painful. He was taken to hospital. The doctor set it, put it back in at the side of the field, but it's the end of the World Cup for Gary."

The Football Association later confirmed that Lewin will fly home to recover, whilst his assistant Steve Kemp will take over as England's physio for the remainder of the tournament.


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