Iwan Roberts: Teemu’s toe injury brought back painful memories

Teemu Pukki holds his toe after a tackle with Leicester's Ricardo Pereira 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Teemu Pukki holds his toe after a tackle with Leicester's Ricardo Pereira Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

What a fantastic point the lads came away with from the King Power Stadium on Saturday – and I have to be honest, with Leicester firing on all cylinders I couldn’t see anything but a trip home empty-handed for Norwich City!

As a former player for both clubs it was the perfect result.

It could - and probably should - have been the lads' second away win this season with some excellent chances being created.

City's Achilles heel cost them again when they conceded from yet another corner kick - this simply has to be rectified in the second half of the season as it's cost valuable points.

But I can't believe the dubious goals panel gave the goal to City keeper Tim Krul and not Jamie Vardy, I'd be spitting feathers if I was Vardy, especially when he was looking to make it nine goals in nine Premier League games. I'm not being funny, but his header was going goalwards before it glanced off Tim's gloves and, let's be honest, Norwich's number one doesn't want that goal on his CV. So do the right thing and give it to the centre forward!

Jamie Vardy celebrates with James Maddison after Leicester's equaliser - credited to Canaries keeper Tim Krul Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdJamie Vardy celebrates with James Maddison after Leicester's equaliser - credited to Canaries keeper Tim Krul Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

After the game the news broke that top scorer Teemu Pukki had possibly fractured one of his toea after bagging his ninth goal of a very productive season. After suffering a similar injury when I was at Leicester I can tell you now, it's excruciating, and I missed a few games because of it, even though I did try and play through the pain barrier, to no avail.

I remember the game after I'd broken my toe - we travelled to White Hart Lane and I really didn't want to miss the game, so I would try anything to get through it with as little pain as possible.

This meant I had to have five cortisone injections all around 
my big toe to nullify the pain I was in. It was hard enough to wear shoes let alone football boots a size and a half too small with my broken toe, let alone run about (not that I did a lot of that I can hear a few people saying) and kick a ball.

An hour before kick-off our club doctor had arranged for me to see Spurs' club doctor so he could fill my toe up with cortisone and that would give the pain killer enough time to numb the toe before the game started. But this meant I had to walk into the Spurs physiotherapist's room, which was in the home team's changing room, which meant all the Spurs players knew that there was something wrong with me - I wouldn't be going in to see their doctor for a quick massage would I?

Having those injections is one of the most painful things I've ever experienced - and I think I've quite a high pain threshold. But that was agony as the doctor had to twist and wiggle the needle about in different parts of my toe to make sure he was numbing it all.

By 3pm I couldn't feel a thing in my right toe; it felt brand new. But 10 minutes later I could feel everything and it was so painful - every step was agony and every time I kicked the ball it felt like my whole foot was broken. I couldn't quite believe just how quick the painkiller had worn off.

I played for 45 minutes - well, I was on the pitch - but there was no way I could carry on and as I'd been given as much cortisone in one sitting as you probably should have in your career I couldn't have any more, and to be honest there was no point as it wouldn't have had time to kick in during the half-time break.

I didn't go back out for the second half and missed the next four, five games - hopefully Teemu, with some help and the modern healing treatments and processes will be fit and firing on all cylinders for these festive games that come about very quickly.

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