5 football coaches who suffered nasty injuries as Louis van Gaal crashes bike

Although it is usually players who are forced to take it easy after suffering injuries at work – there have been several cases of managers and coaches getting themselves into bother.

Veteran boss Louis Van Gaal has been forced to change his training ground methods following his fall, using a golf buggy to get as close to the action as possible on Monday.

The 70-year-old, who is in his third spell as manager of the national side, was never going to miss the session ahead of the crunch World Cup qualifier against Norway on Tuesday.

With the Dutchman battling on to fulfil his duties, Daily Star Sport has picked out five other coaches who have been hurt, one of which happened live on television during a World Cup fixture.


Thomas Tuchel

Champions League-winning Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had to wear a boot during PSG's journey to the final of the tournament during the 2019/20 campaign.

The German could be seen sitting on a cool box during their semi-final clash against RB Leipzig, having sprained his ankle and fractured his fifth metatarsal.

The extent of the explanation came via the club Twitter account.

They wrote: "Thomas Tuchel has suffered a sprained left ankle with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal during a training session."

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Gary Lewin

The most infamous of coaching injuries came during England's 2014 World Cup clash against Italy in Manaus, Brazil.

Physio Lewin broke his ankle in a freak accident while celebrating an equaliser from Daniel Sturridge, after which he was sent home and replaced by Steve Kemp.

Lewin said: "I’m absolutely devastated to be going home. A lot of hard work, planning and preparation has gone into this tournament.

"England has a fantastic backroom staff who will continue to provide excellent support to the players and management."

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate briefly wore a sling after slipping during a run between England's wins over Panama and Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup.

He said: “I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow, that popped my shoulder out, and I tried to get up – my arm was pointing in a different direction.

"I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!

“Obviously it wasn’t what I was hoping for on my day off but no big drama – we’ve got a good medical team, they’ve managed to strap me up so I will get on with it."

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy spent the best part of the month on crutches following surgery on his ankle during his time as Wolves boss during the 2008/09 campaign.

The veteran boss did speak out about his use of the metal sticks and bemoaned the fact they have to be placed on the ground and picked up again so many times a day.

He said at the time: "If anyone could come up with a design they would make millions and millions.

"These really frustrate me and the other day I was very tempted to just throw them down the stairs."

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman suffered from an injured Achilles tendon in a Southampton training session back in 2015 on the eve of their clash against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League.

Having hobbled out of the Dutch side's Gelredome stadium, he was forced to take a separate minibus to his team.

Koeman tweeted: "Hopefully I won't be out of action for too long."

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