Sep 8, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT
In today’s bit of irony, German national team physio Klaus Eder suffered a torn leg muscle and a broken finger while running onto the pitch Friday to tend to defender Marcel Schmelzer in Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Austria.
The 60-year-old tore a muscle in his left leg while rushing out to tend to his player, and the injury caused him to fall over and break his left ring finger. The tear was what Eder described as a “complete muscle demolition” and the broken finger required surgery.
Instead of helping take care of German players, the 60-year-old will now have to spend much of his 25th year on the job rehabbing his own body.
“I now have to put into practice what I always tell my patients” Eder told the national team’s official website.
Despite the injuries, Eder continued to treat Schmelzer on the pitch, saying that “one should not underestimate the effect of adrenaline.”
Clearly Eder has a positive relationship with his players, as they immediately came to his aid. Philipp Lahm brought him an ice pack for his finger, and Mesut Özil and Miroslav Klose helped him off the field, where he continued to treat Schmelzer.
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