A pro footballer says he came within days of losing a leg when a freak accident left an opponent’s teeth embedded in his knee
- Former Cambridge striker Jabo Ibehre has revealed he was just days away from losing his leg after an opponent's teeth became lodged in his knee and it became infected.
- The 37-year-old, who was forced to retire earlier this month, suffered the freak injury during a collision with an opponent during a game last October.
- "The amount of goo and pus that came out, and then for the doctor to say 'there's some teeth in your knee'. I was like 'you're kidding me, right?'" he told the BBC.
- "I arrived in hospital on the Thursday and the doctor said had I come in on the Saturday, it could have been a totally different story."
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A journeyman English footballer says he came within days of losing his leg after a freak accident where an opponent's teeth became lodged in his knee and it became infected.
37-year-old Jabo Ibehre — who played almost 600 league games for nine different clubs — suffered the injury during a collision with an opponent during a second-team game last October.
"I turned up to hospital two days after the impact injury I had in the game only to find out that teeth were hovering in my knee," he told the BBC.
Ibehre, who had spells at Carlisle United, Colchester United, and MK Dons in a career spanning two decades, underwent surgery for the injury however was unable to recover sufficiently to play again and was forced to retire.
He added that doctors told him he could have lost his leg or even his life had he not sought treatment so quickly.
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