sport news Danny Welbeck and the most injury-jinxed players in Premier League history

What a joy it was to see Danny Welbeck scoring such a brilliant goal for Brighton against Leeds on Saturday. After injury plagued his career for so many years, he finally looks like the electric player who burst through at under Sir Alex Ferguson so long ago.

A Cruyff turn left the Leeds defence for dead before a left-footed blast across goal and inside the far post meant Illan Meslier had barely even started to dive before the ball hit the back of the net.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin should take note: all things are not lost. Just look at Welbeck.

Danny Welbeck scored a sensational goal for Brighton against Leeds on Saturday

Danny Welbeck scored a sensational goal for Brighton against Leeds on Saturday

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The fit-again Welbeck celebrates his screamer with Brighton team-mate Dan Burn

The fit-again Welbeck celebrates his screamer with Brighton team-mate Dan Burn

After a recent 12-minute cameo against Crystal Palace, Gbamin spoke of his delight and relief at returning to action in an Everton shirt. He also spoke of how manager Carlo Ancelotti had played a key role in keeping a positive mindset during his 19 months out with achilles and quadriceps injuries.

But the midfielder is now set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in training. 

Gbamin is not the only player to have had such rotten luck with suffering a succession of serious injuries though - and here are some of the most injury-jinxed of them all in recent times, including that man Welbeck.

Welbeck should act as inspiration for Everton's Jean-Philippe Gbamin (centre), who played for 12 minutes against Crystal Palace but is now out again with another serious injury

Welbeck should act as inspiration for Everton's Jean-Philippe Gbamin (centre), who played for 12 minutes against Crystal Palace but is now out again with another serious injury

Jack Wilshere

There are few who have had as many injury setbacks in recent times as Jack Wilshere. In nearly a decade since his first injury - he sprained his ankle on Arsenal's pre-season tour against New York Red Bulls in July 2011 - Wilshere has spent nearly 1,400 days out of action. That first injury kept him out for 56 days and he missed 10 games.

Sadly it would be a sign of things to come for the former Gunners wonderkid. A series of knee and ankle injuries have affected him throughout his career. 

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The worst it got was when he missed nearly a full year after suffering a hairline fracture to the fibula bone in his calf.

Jack Wilshere suffered a series of knee and ankle injuries during his time playing for Arsenal

Jack Wilshere suffered a series of knee and ankle injuries during his time playing for Arsenal

A move to West Ham in the summer of 2018 was meant to spark a new beginning. Wilshere had his own training plan and was monitored closely to help prevent further injuries.

That cautious approach only got him so far and he would suffer three injuries in total during his time at the London Stadium. 

Of the 820 days he was at West Ham, 422 of them were spent injured. Wilshre's contract was mutually cancelled last October before he joined Bournemouth on a short-term deal in January. The 29-year-old has made 14 appearances since then and is yet to miss a game because of injury.

Ryan Taylor

It was during the Europa League play-off round all the way back in August 2012 when Ryan Taylor suffered a knee injury in Newcastle's game against Atromitos.

Taylor had scored a free-kick against the Greek side a week earlier but then went off seven days later when the sides met at St James' Park.

Manager Alan Pardew said Taylor had picked up a 'knock', adding that he hoped the injury wasn't as bad as they feared.

Ryan Taylor had a tough couple of years at Newcastle after damaging his cruciate ligaments

Ryan Taylor had a tough couple of years at Newcastle after damaging his cruciate ligaments

It soon emerged, though, that the defender had damaged his cruciate ligaments and would be out for eight months.

Eight months later, and following surgery and extensive rehab, Taylor returned to training and was preparing to play again for Newcastle.

But he suffered a cruel blow when he damaged the same ligaments in his knee, forcing him out for 18 months. In total he was on the sidelines for 26 months.

He made his comeback in a 2-0 League Cup win over Manchester City on October 24, 2014 and described being back fit and playing as 'a dream come true'.

Aaron Ramsey

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo perhaps summed up how the last decade for Aaron Ramsey has been following the Wales midfielder's latest setback last month. 

Pirlo said: 'He has physical problems and is unable to get continuity to his performances because he has to stop every two or three games.'

Ever since he suffered a broken leg following a challenge by Ryan Shawcross while playing for Arsenal against Stoke in February 2010, Ramsey has found it difficult to stay fit.

Aaron Ramsey suffered a broken leg in February 2010 following a tackle by Ryan Shawcross

Aaron Ramsey suffered a broken leg in February 2010 following a tackle by Ryan Shawcross

The leg break kept him out until late November and when he returned to action he was on loan at Nottingham Forest before moving to Cardiff until he was eventually recalled by Arsenal in March 2011.

No doubt he proved to be a supremely important player for Arsenal over the next eight years until he left for Juventus on a free transfer in 2019 but there will always be a sense that he was destined for greater things had it not been for the leg break and the injuries that followed.

Thigh problems have been a recurring theme among the ongoing niggles that have frustrated Ramsey so.

Daniel Sturridge

What a player Daniel Sturridge was during his early years at Liverpool. Alongside Luis Suarez, he nearly fired Brendan Rodgers side to the title in 2014, while Jurgen Klopp marvelled at his technical brilliance and incisive finishing after taking the reins at Anfield. 'He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible,' Klopp has said.

Yet after becoming England's first-choice striker at the 2014 World Cup, his career fell off a cliff. Thigh, hamstring and hip injuries ruined his next season, but thereafter there was plenty more - ankle, calf and some unexplained absences too.

Having lit up Liverpool in his first two seasons, his next five would be a misery, and he eventually left in 2019 for the shock destination of Trabzonspor in Turkey. Things went badly there too, for altogether different reasons, and at the age of just 31 he is now without a club.

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