Ex-England and Arsenal physio Gary Lewin revealed that his wife feared he had suffered a heart attack when he dislocated his ankle at the 2014 World Cup.
The 55-year-old, who was head physiotherapist with the Gunners for 22 years, slipped and dislocated his ankle trying to pick up some drinks for the team after England striker Daniel Sturridge equalised against Italy.
‘(Daniel) Sturridge scored and we all jumped up to celebrate and because it was very humid we had this strategy in place where if a goal was scored for or against, the players would run over to the halfway line to get a drink,’ he recalled to The Athletic.
Ex-England physio Gary Lewin (right) recalled the time he dislocated his ankle with Three Lions
The 55-year-old caught his ankle as he celebrated Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser vs Italy in 2014
‘So when I jumped up to celebrate, I put my left foot out to go and get the drinks and my foot slipped into the gap between the AstroTurf and the pitch. My bodyweight was forward and my foot went sideways and it dislocated my ankle.’
Sturridge, then at Liverpool, had quickly equalised in the 37th minute after Claudio Marchisio gave the Italians the lead just two minutes earlier.
‘I looked down and saw my foot pointing in the wrong direction,’ Lewin added.
Lewin said that he saw his foot pointing in the wrong direction but he remained calm
He was carried off on a stretcher as the rest of the first half commenced in Brazil
Lewin admitted that his wife – who was watching on TV – thought he had a heart attack
The physio remained calm despite being in pain, but admitted his wife – who was watching from home – was also experiencing some distress.
‘I tapped the doctor’s leg and said, ‘I think I’ve dislocated my ankle.’ I was very calm but it was agony. My wife was sitting at home watching the game and she thought I had a heart attack, so she was panicking.’
‘When you dislocate a joint sometimes you get a little crack in one of the bones but you don’t get too much damage, so I was hoping it was that. But as soon as I got to the hospital and saw the X-ray, I knew I was going home.’