England Trainer Injured While Celebrating, Carried Out On Stretcher (Photos)

When you have a 2014 FIFA World Cup matchup between two powerhouses like Italy and England, it’s not surprising to see a major injury come out of the tough, physical play.

It is surprising, however, when that injury isn’t to a player.

Italy struck first during Saturday’s game, but Daniel Sturridge scored the equalizer for the Three Lions moments later. That’s when England’s trainer (or “physio”) Gary Lewin had to be carried away on a stretcher.

Lewin apparently celebrated a little to hard and dislocated his ankle as he jumped off the bench in excitement.

“It is a very sad moment for us,” England coach Roy Hodgson said, as reported by Yahoo! Sports. “In celebrating the goal he jumped up and landed on a water bottle. He has dislocated his ankle.

“It is very, very painful. He was taken to hospital. The doctor was able to set it in the sense that he was able to put it back at the side of the field. It is the end of the World Cup, I’m afraid, for Gary Lewin and a very sad moment for him and the team.”

While the injury is unfortunate, Lewin is expected to be fine and will return to England in the next few days. However, the fact that England went on to lose 2-1 likely didn’t help raise Lewin’s spirits.

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