Players who could have been great if it weren't for injuries

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    El-Manos Full Member

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    Seeing Kompany get injured once again for Belgium yesterday, I couldn't help thinking the amount of players that never realised their maximum potential due to continuous injuries.

    Just to name a few -

    Kompany
    Pato
    Hargreaves
    Essien
    Saha
    Wilshere
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    Arbitrium Supposed to be taking a year off

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    Ronaldo Lima might just have made the messi and ronaldo argument a non point had he not been ravaged with injuries.
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    El-Manos Full Member

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    Can't believe I forgot to mention him. The best example yet.
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    Bole Top Full Member

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    imo, Kompany gave enough to City so I don't think he belongs in threads like these just because he has been struggling with injuries for the last 2 years.
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    StillPlayingFooty Banned

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    Jari Litmanen. Especially later in his career. The man had sadly a glass ankle. LVG forced him to play in Ajax with an ankle that should have been operated but it was -94 and -95 champions league runs and he was their best player. The ankle got so bad that nothing was left to salvage even with operation. The ankle contributed so much to other muscular problems in the leg (because the ligaments were threadbare and the other leg structures had to take load).

    I wish he had had more game-time in Barcelona and Liverpool.

    Xavi said that when he was a youngster in the squad he used to watch Litmanen in training and learn.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Götze. Well, precisely it's not an injury but I think it still counts. Probably the greatest German talent since Beckenbauer.

    Also Reus. Still a great player but also a big "what if" considering how many times he injured himself shortly before important times.

    Gündogan, too. Looked incredible for Dortmund when they reached the CL final and seemed to be even better than Kroos (essentially Toni with more speed, acceleration and dribbling). After two or three years of bad injuries, he seems to be a different player, sadly.

    Perhaps a weird shout would be Robben. He obviously had a great career but IMO, he was the second most talented player of his generation.
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    Wes Brown.

    I do think he had a world class season in 08 but I think he could've gone on to be even better if not for the injuries.
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    Yeah Kompany other than Ronaldo really springs to mind. Was thinking about he other thread calling Silva best defender of this generation. It might well have been Kompany if he’s body allowed him. He’s ability to come back into team and play at such a high level after injury is freakish.
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    it's incredible how nobody even talks about him anymore. only 25, but it almost feels like he is retired.
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    Liam George, was breaking through at underage with Robbie Keane and Damien Duff for Ireland as some viewed him as having as much if not more potential than those two. Made absolute bits of his leg, had a decent career afterwards but it definitely had a massive impact on him.
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    El-Manos Full Member

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    Great shout. He would be playing for Madrid or Barca if it weren’t for his injuries. According to Dortmund fans still their best player
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    Van Basten had years left too

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    Dean Ashton perhaps.
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    And maybe not "great" but I really liked Dean Ashton. Stuart Holden too.
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    Can't believe I forgot him. He was an incredible player.
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    This would have been my response. Could have captained club and country for a decade plus. Still had a wonderful career when you consider how much the injuries took away from his game.
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    Surprised no one has mentioned Michael Owen yet. Ballon D’or winner at 21 but ended up spending a striker’s typical peak years at Newcastle and on the medical table.

    Think he could have been a level or 2 above how he’ll be remembered. I actually think he had potential to be an all time great.
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    Charles Miller Full Member Verified Moaner

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    The title is "players who could have been great". Ronaldo and Van Basten are legends despite the injures.

    There are players like Götze and Paulo Henrique Ganso that i always wonder how good they would be with more luck.

    But the player who i watched and i think is really a sad history for everyone who loves this sport is Alexandre Pato. Should be so special. Still remember that goal against Barcelona.
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