Uruguayan keeper Juan Obelar was forced to retire from football after a horrendous accident left him with only a thumb on his left hand. The 34-year-old chopped off four of his fingers while using a wood-cutting machine.
From the Daily Mail:
I feel so awful, this is the most horrendous thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very painful moment.
I was doing a few things for my house, putting wood through a plane and the next thing I know the machine ripped off four fingers.
I was on my own, I didn’t have help from anyone and the only digit I had left was my thumb.
Obelar, who last featured for Montevideo-based Penarol, had been out of a team and planned to attempt a comeback in January. Obviously, those plans have now been scrapped. Obelar said he will receive surgery to try to reconstruct his hand, but there is no way his fingers can be reattached. We hope you get well soon, Juan!
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It’s not the first unusual domestic accident that has left soccer players on the sidelines, although none have been as horrific as Obelar’s.
Man United defender Rio Ferdinand once suffered a tendon strain by simply watching television, and Man City striker Sergio Aguero injured his foot last year while riding his son’s mini-motocross bike. AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta takes the cake, though. He once missed a month of action after needing surgery for rupturing tendons in his thumb. The reason? A marathon session on the PlayStation!