Three Lions of England manager Gareth Southgate has dislocated his shoulder in bizarre fashion.
The former Aston Villa and Middlesborough centre back sustained the injury while running near his team’s World Cup base in Repino having given his players a day off from training.
He was thereafter treated in a nearby hospital with the help of team doctor Rob Chakraverty.
Southgate disclosed that he has been warned by the doctor to curb his excessive celebrations as a result of the injury.
He told the website of the English Football Association (FA) that: “I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!”
“The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.
“We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work.
“We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off.” He added.
Southgate moved back to the England team base just in time for a planned meeting with his players before dinner, though his arm was visibly in a sling.
Speaking further, Gareth Southgate said: “It is better this is me than one of the players.”
“They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking ‘what have you been doing!?’ – as always, they were probably quite amused.
“It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.
“I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!” He concluded.
Gareth Southgate and his players are in action on Sunday for their second Group G game against first timers Panama.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored a double as he helped England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their tournament opener.
Gareth Southgate was seen punching the air when Kane scored the winner in the dying moments of the game but he can’t replicate that again with the shoulder injury he sustained.
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