World Cup: England physio Gary Lewin injures ankle celebrating Daniel Sturridge equalizer vs. Italy
It's one of the most embarrassing moments in sports: Getting hurt while celebrating a goal.
It's even more embarrassing if you're the team physiotherapist.
England physio Gary Lewin became a household name on Saturday night after Daniel Sturridge scored a 37th minute momentary equalizer in a World Cup Group D match against Italy in Manaus. Turns out he dislocated his ankle while celebrating the goal, halting play for a few minutes before he was ultimately carried off on a stretcher.
That's at least what we gathered from an official tweet by the English FA, which was later deleted: "England physio Gary Lewin was injured during celebrations for @England's goal. He has dislocated his ankle. Get well soon Gary #3Lions."
England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the news in his postgame press conference: "That's a very sad moment for us. In celebrating the gaoal he jumped up and landed on a water bottle and dislocated his ankle. Very, very painful. He's been taken to hospital. I think the doctor was able to set it in and put it back at the side of the field. It's the end of the World Cup I'm afraid for Gary Lewin. A very sad moment for him and the team."
The squad also confirmed that Steve Kemp, who's already with the team, will be taking over Lewin's duties.
Best wishes and here's hoping he doesn't check Twitter for a couple of days.
Can't believe my old Physio Gary lewin being stretchered off. 1st time that's ever happened. Hope he knows what to do. Ice 1st Gary!!!
— Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) June 14, 2014
Gary Lewin will be able to tell his grand kids about the time he broke his leg at the World Cup
— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) June 14, 2014
Arsenal's physio gets hurt during a game. Irony is officially dead
— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom) June 14, 2014
England's physio is stretchered off after celebrating too hard. LAD. pic.twitter.com/YsQVTKLgzl
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) June 14, 2014
Ironic. The Englland physio gets stretchered off. pic.twitter.com/L9b3Rxst6k
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) June 14, 2014
England physio Gary Lewin taken from technical area on a stretcher after lengthy treatment to injured ankle, didn't see how happened
— Dan Roan (@danroan) June 14, 2014
England's physio Gary Lewin = Bill Gramatica? https://t.co/Gbq5PHBSVw
— James (@NativeAzTeXan) June 14, 2014
Wonder what was going through Gary Lewin's mind? pic.twitter.com/5CX7Wmjtog
— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) June 14, 2014
Will Gary Lewin heal himself like the cheerleader in Heroes? http://t.co/uLP81XDXB7
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) June 14, 2014