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Sheffield United star Paul Coutts has suffered one of the most sickening injuries in recent memory after an awful challenge.
Sheffield had a 3-1 win over Burton Albion ruined when Coutts was hospitalised after breaking his leg.
Coutts sent a driving volley towards goal late in the first half and was collected in a reckless challenge from defender Marvin Sodell.
Coutts' leg snaps horribly. Image: Getty
Sodell's foot connected with Coutts' shin, snapping the Sheffield man's leg and leaving him in agony.
“The players are a little flat. We should be jumping through hoops tonight, but we’re not. Our thoughts are with Paul,” manager Chris Wilder said after the game.
Coutts was in a world of pain. Image: Getty
“Paul is a popular lad and we wish him all the best. He’s off to hospital tonight.
“It should have been a penalty, but the bigger issue is Paul breaking his leg.
“It’s a bittersweet taste, because we’ve produced an outstanding performance but we’re all subdued.”
Coutts taken from the ground by medical staff. Image: Getty
Earlier this month Argentine goalkeeper Oscar Ustari suffered a similarly gruesome injury.
The Club Atlas keeper was left writhing in agony after a seemingly innocuous incident resulted in a dislocated knee cap.