Burnley news: Medical expert can't believe Matej Vydra's unprecedented ACL injury
It is unprecedented to play almost 90 minutes with an ACL injury as Matej Vydra did for Burnley against Watford last month (30 April).
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Vydra, 30, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the opening throes of the eventual 2-1 victory over the Hornets at Vicarage Road.
But the Czech striker was only taken off in the 92nd minute, six minutes after he set up Josh Brownhill to score a crucial winner.
The Athletic reported on Monday (9 May) that he is now set to undergo surgery and is facing a lengthy rehabilitation.
Dinnery claims that it is “unheard of” for a player to go through the pain barrier for so long.
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“There will have been some passive testing and some on-field discussions,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Those will be player-led. Players will often be guided by wanting to put it all on the line and fight for their team. But we don’t know exactly what those conversations were about.
“It could be that when it first happened, he felt the issue but thought he could overcome the pain. Potentially, that may have gotten worse as the game had gone on.
“But he might look back on and say it was worth the risk because he provided the assist and Burnley won 2-1. He made that sacrifice for the team.
“Is it common for a player to play on? Certainly not. You might carry on for a minute or two but definitely not play for almost 90 minutes.
“There will have been adrenaline flowing in the heat of the battle, but I was still very surprised because I know how excruciating the injury is.
“Even in terms of the stability within the leg, it’s almost unheard of to continue to compete.”
Vydra is out of contract at the end of the season.
His 24 appearances this term have yielded two goals and four assists.