Over exuberant celebrations

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Yesterday David Villa trained with a bandaged finger, having injured it while celebrating his first goal with Fernando Torres on Tuesday. "I got my finger caught in Fernando's shirt when we were celebrating the goal and bent it back,” he said. Villa is not the first player to injure himself while celebrating.

Paolo Diogo: The Portuguese player, who was then 29, lost his finger in December 2004 while celebrating a goal for the Swiss club Servette. Diogo caught his wedding ring on the perimeter fencing while celebrating a late goal that put his side 4-1 ahead against Schaff-hausen. The ring ripped off the top of his finger. "When I jumped down from the fence, I didn't feel anything at all," he said at the time."The first time that I noticed that something was missing from my hand was when it started to hurt. And it hurt tremendously.” Before he noticed the injury, he was booked for excessive celebration. The missing finger was found but surgeons were unable to reattach it. "First I talked to my wife and then with our club doctor," he said. "Then finally I saw that amputation was for the best.” He took the loss well. “I'm not dead and life goes on," he said. "So I have to live with one less finger."

Steve Morrow: As the Arsenal team were on the pitch in front of the Royal Box celebrating their League Cup final victory against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993, Tony Adams lifted Morrow, who had scored the winner, with slightly too much enthusiasm and broke his arm. Morrow missed the rest of the season, including the FA Cup final victory over Wednesday.

Celestine Babayaro: The Nigerian international was well known for his exuberant goal celebrations. In 1997 he joined Chelsea, but during a pre-season game he broke his leg performing his trademark somer-sault.

Patrick Viera: The then Arsenal midfielder scored against Manchester United, slid extravagantly across the turf on his knees and suffered a quad muscle injury that put him out of the team for several weeks.

Martin Palermo: In 2001 the Argentinian, who was then with the Spanish side Villareal, scored in the Copa del Rey and ran to the crowd to celebrate. Unfortunately for him a wall collapsed, he suffered a broken leg and was out for six months.

Lomana Lualua: In 2006 the DR Congo international was playing for Portsmouth against Arsenal. Having scored, he launched into his usual celebration, which consisted of multiple back-flips. This time, though, he sustained an ankle injury that put him out for three weeks.

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