Marco Asensio's leg pimple and eight other bizarre injuries in sport

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Marco Asensio missed Real Madrid’s Champions League opener on Wednesday night due to an infection caused by shaving his legs.

Zinedine Zidane told reporters ahead of Real’s 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia that the 21-year-old would not feature in the game because of a pimple which prevented him from pulling his sock up.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at other sportsmen who have suffered unusual injuries.

QUINTON DE KOCK

South Africa were forced to make a late SOS the night before their third Test against England in January 2016 after wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock slipped and twisted his knee while walking his dog.

The injury worsened overnight, prompting a late call-up for Dane Vilas, and while De Kock might want to forget the nature of the injury, South Africa will also want to forget the result after losing by seven wickets, which handed England the series.

RORY McILROY

In unusual circumstances, Rory McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of his left ankle nine days before the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, forcing him to withdraw.

The defending champion posted a picture of himself, via his Instagram account, wearing a protective boot on his left leg after, in his own words, “a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday”.

GLENN McGRATH

Perhaps the most memorable of all, Australia paceman McGrath turned his ankle ahead of the second Ashes Test in 2005 when he stepped on a stray cricket ball during a warm-up game of touch rugby.

He missed the Test which England won in thrilling fashion to level the series at 1-1.

They would go on to take the series 2-1, winning again at Trent Bridge – another match McGrath missed through injury.

WAYNE ROONEY

The then England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney caused controversy in 2015 when a video emerged of him boxing with former team-mate Phil Bardsley in his kitchen.

A blow from Bardsley floored Rooney who fell backwards onto the floor and, after the video was aired, Rooney celebrated a goal against Tottenham by shadow boxing and then pretending to hit the deck.

“I was in a house with some friends. Obviously I was caught on the wrong end of a punch, but I wasn’t knocked out like it was reported,” Rooney said.

SVEIN GRONDALEN

Norway defender Svein Grondalen probably saw nothing wrong when he put on his running shoes and stepped out for a training run.

However, while out jogging he collided with a moose and was forced to withdraw from an international as a result.

JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

Detroit Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain knows McIlroy’s pain, having suffered an ankle injury of his own.

Back in 2012, when on the books of the New York Yankees, he embarked on some trampolining with his son but came down awkwardly and sidelined himself.

DAVID JAMES

Former England goalkeeper David James was never afraid of standing out from the crowd, but he brought himself unwanted headlines when he injured his shoulder while out fishing, causing himself pain when he tried to land a monster carp.

Some of James’ injuries were not caused by other sports, though, for he once pulled a muscle in his back when reaching for the television remote control.

JAMIE DONALDSON

Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson suffered a severe finger injury following a mishap with a chainsaw in January 2016.

The Welshman, who claimed the decisive point as Europe defeated the United States in September 2014, posted a graphic photo on Twitter of what seemed to be a laceration to the little finger on his left hand.

Above the image, he wrote: ”So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!! C u in Dubai.”

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Both of Australia’s two major footy codes have been plunged into controversy after week one of the finals following a series of highly contentious refereeing decisions have split the nation.

Firstly in Adelaide a free kick awarded to the West Coast Eagles in the final moments of extra time saw Port Adelaide eliminated from this year’s AFL finals.

With just 17 seconds remaining in the second period of extra time Port seemed home leading by four points. But with the ball in the Eagle’s forward 50 West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey was dragged back by Jared Polec.

Whistle and umpire Chris Donlon awarded a free kick for high contact. Shuey dusted himself off and calmly potted the goal to give the Eagles the most thrilling of victories and earn his side a semi-final against Greater Western Sydney next Saturday night.

Cue jubilation from Eagles fans, outrage from Port supporters.

The rest of Australia is now debating whether it was a free kick or not. By the letter of the law, no. Well, this year’s law. Under last year’s laws it was a free kick but according to the changed interpretations this season, Shuey brought the high contact upon himself.

But that’s a call made in hindsight and numerous slow motion angles. In real time and the heat of the moment, you can completely understand Donlon blowing his whistle.

Indeed yesterday morning the AFL’s umpiring department backed the umpire’s call, although that appears to contradict their own direction at the start of the season.

It also doesn’t console the thousands of Port Adelaide fans who saw their team win four of the final five matches to charge into the finals, and had hopes of them going deep into September.

But despite the final decision they only had themselves to blame after their woeful accuracy, kicking 10.16 to the Eagles 12.6. Charlie Dixon was among Port’s best but his own effort of 3.6 was a big part of the problem.

If Port fans are angry Manly fans’ blood is boiling after three highly debatable calls went against them in their 22-10 Elimination Final loss to the Panthers, dubbed one of the greatest upsets in NRL finals history.

Steam was coming out of the Sea Eagles’ coach Trent Barrett’s ears as he faced the media after the match.

“What I would like is the bunker and Tony Archer (the NRL referees boss) and the referees to go into my shed and explain to my players that their season is now finished on the back of those two calls,” Barrett seethed.

Chief amongst Barrett’s ire was the NRL policy of having the referee make a call on the field which the high-tech NRL Bunker then has to overturn.

Manly scored what looked liked two legitimate tries which, with the barest 50-50 evidence, the Bunker overturned but then in the 76th minute with scores locked came the decision that really broke Manly hearts.

A Bryce Cartwright kick ricocheted from Daly Cherry-Evans into David Peachey, striking what looked like his knees and his hands before he regathered to ‘score’.

Manly Sea Eagles' players remonstrate with the referee during the NRL elimination final.

Manly Sea Eagles’ players remonstrate with the referee during the NRL elimination final.

“How you get an on-field decision when the player kicks it, it ricochets off him into a Penrith players chest, (then) off his hand, how they can say that they are 100 per cent confident that is a try is beyond me” reasoned Barrett.

But the NRL bunker’s official Twitter account declared that there was “no evidence to suggest Peachey knocks on” could be found – and the try stood.

Under the same basis Barrett wanted to know what evidence had been found to say Dylan Walker was offside before his try or that Akuila Uate had definitely knocked on in the other disallowed score.

“(The) on-field referee and the two touch judges thought he (Walker) was (onside) as well and yet the video ref was 100 per certain that he was in front of him?” Barrett said.

“It’s cost us our season. Deadset what am I meant to say to the players? Unbelievable.”

“Take nothing away from Penrith, they played well. But I hope that the grand final’s not decided like that. That would be a bloody shame.”

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