Ill-Timed Injuries


There has already been a number of strange sports stories in 2017, but this one might take the cake.

Dustin Johnson was set to start the 2017 US Masters as a clear favourite following three straight tournament wins, but his participation in the tournament is now in doubt after he suffered a back injury following a fall down the stairs.

Johnson is not the first athlete to have suffered an injury at the worst possible moment and we have put together this list of Ill-Timed Injuries.

Dustin Johnson

Everything seemed to be going the way of Dustin Johnson and he had an outstanding opportunity to win his first Green Jacket at Augusta this weekend, but that now looks unlikely following a bizarre incident overnight.

Johnson suffered a lower-back injury after he fell down the stairs of his Augusta rental home overnight and there is now every chance that he could miss the first major of the year.

Dayne Beams

There are a number of players that have suffered the heartbreak of missing out on a Grand Final and the withdrawal of Dayne Beams may have changed the result of the 2011 AFL Grand Final.

Beams played a key role in Collingwood’s premiership win in 2010, but he suffered a groin injury in their emotional preliminary final win over Hawthorn and he was forced to miss the Grand Final.

Collingwood clearly missed Beams and they lost the Grand Final to Geelong.

Wayne Arthurs

Poor old Wayne Arthurs.

The journeyman announced before the 2007 Australian Open that it would be his last tournament on Australian soil and he progressed to the third round, but he was forced to pull out of his clash with Mardy Fish after just three games.

It turned out the Arthurs had taken a local anaesthetic shot before the match that he had an rare adverse reaction to, which deadened his leg and made running impossible.

Simon Katich

Simon Katich looked set to make his Test debut in place of Ricky Ponting during Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka in 1999, but he came down with chicken pox just days before the Test and he was ruled out of the clash.

Katich had to wait another two years before he was finally able to make his Test debut against England and he thankfully went on to have a successful Test career before it was ended due to his personal feud with Michael Clarke.

Tony Modra

Tony Modra was the heart and soul of the Adelaide Football Club throughout the 1990s and it really was cruel that Modra missed out on playing in the clubs first premiership win.

Modra was the Coleman Medalist in 1997 and played a key role to getting the Crows to the Grand Final, but he tore his ACL in the preliminary final and missed their Grand Final win over St Kilda.

He was never the same player again and sadly finished his career without a premiership medal.

Glenn McGrath

This is the injury that changed the 2005 Ashes Series.

Australia had scored a comfortable win over England in the first Test of the series, but disaster struck during the warm-up for the second Test when Glenn McGrath rolled his ankle on a cricket ball and was forced out of the Test.

The Australian bowling attack struggled without McGrath and lost the thrilling second Test in Edgbaston, which eventually cost them the series.

Michael Ballack

Michael Ballack was set to carry the hopes of host-nation Germany at the 2006 World Cup, but he suffered a calf strain just before their opening game with Costa Rica.

This was treated by the German press as one of the great tragedies in the history of sport and the television crew covering the game spent as much time showing Ballack sitting on the bench as they did the on-field action!


The 1998 World Cup Final has always been overshadowed by the pre-match fate of Ronaldo.

There was no bigger star in World Football at the time and Ronaldo was set to be a key figure for Brazil in the World Cup Final, but he suffered a convulsive fit that rendered him unconscious just before kick-off.

Ronaldo still took his place, but he was a non-factor as France claimed a memorable 3-0 victory in front of their home fans at Stade de France.

Jason Day

We can only hope that a repeat of this horrible incident doesn’t happen to Jason Day at The Masters this weekend.

Day has suffered from vertigo for a number of years, but it reached a head at the 2015 US Open when he collapsed when he was tied for the lead in the second round.

Day fought through to finish the tournament in the top ten, but it is clear that he was struggling throughout and it could be argued that it cost him the tournament.