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Abou Diaby ruled out for NINE months with torn anterior cruciate ligament

Diaby ruled out for NINE months after injury-plagued Arsenal midfielder suffers torn anterior cruciate ligament in training

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Muscle injury (September 7, 2012)

Calf muscle strain (April 28, 2012)

Illness (April 23, 2012)

Hamstring (March 29, 2012)

Hamstring (March 3, 2012)

Hamstring (November 26, 2011)

Ankle/foot injury (July 22, 2011)

Calf muscle strain (January 2, 2011)

Calf muscle strain (December 30, 2010)

Ankle/foot injury (October 19, 2010)

Ankle/foot injury (October 4, 2010)

Ankle/foot injury (September 13, 2010)

Calf muscle strain (August 11, 2010)

Calf muscle strain (March 27, 2010)

Knee ligament (February 17, 2010)

Calf muscle strain (January 20, 2010)

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Six Nations 2013: Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy injured and out of Scotland game

Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 14 February 2013

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy have been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

Sexton sustained a hamstring problem and McCarthy knee ligament damage in Sunday's 12-6 defeat by England and team manager Mick Kearney announced today that they will miss the trip to Edinburgh.

'Jonny's scan revealed a grade two
hamstring injury. Progress has been good so far, but it's too early to
say when he will return to play,' Kearney said.

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend

'Mike has hurt the medial ligament of
his right knee. It's quite sore and he will be in a brace for two
weeks. A further review will take place in two weeks.'

Ireland received more positive news on the remaining injuries they incurred during a brutal clash at the Aviva Stadium.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland.

'Brian had a recurrence of the soft tissue injury in his good ankle. Scans revealed no structural damage and he will do non-contact training today,' Kearney said.

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash

'Donnacha Ryan suffered a lower back
muscle strain. Scans have excluded structural damage but he's quite sore
and won't train this week.

'He'll be reassessed at the weekend and at this stage he has a good chance of being available against Scotland.

'Sean O'Brien has recovered well from his stiff neck and tight hamstring and will train today.

'Rob is fine. He had a slight dead leg but trained fully today.'

Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn sure they won"t roll over against Chelsea

Bunn fight! Norwich stopper sure his side won't roll over against rampant Chelsea

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Mark Bunn's declaration of intent against Chelsea could come back to haunt him on Boxing Day.

The stand-in Norwich goalkeeper has been outstanding since replacing the injured John Ruddy, who is out for three months with a torn thigh muscle.

Chelsea, however, are enjoying a rich vein of scoring form and fired eight past Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan on Sunday.

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

But Bunn, 28, insisted: 'I'm really looking forward to it because these are the sort of games where you can really make a name for yourself. As a goalkeeper, you know you are going to be busy so you have the chance to put in a big performance.

'John's injury was unfortunate for him, but it was fortunate for me because it gave me a chance and I’m determined to take it. I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and I want to make sure I stay in the team — even when John’s fit again.'

Norwich’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an end at West Brom on Saturday, but Bunn is convinced that Barclays Premier League rivals are taking Chris Hughton’s side seriously.

'I think a lot of teams probably saw playing against Norwich as an easy win,' added Bunn. 'But I think those teams are starting to get a bit more worried now when they play us. Because of that unbeaten run, I think people are sitting up and taking a lot more notice of us now.'

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Former Blackburn back-up Bunn has also targeted a place in the Republic of Ireland squad in the New Year.

'I’ve spoken to them about it and hopefully I might be involved in the squad very soon. I qualify through my dad and grandmother. We have a lot of family in Ireland so there’s a big connection,’ said the Londoner.

'The retirement of Shay Given has given me a chance now and it would be a massive honour for me, a dream come true.'

John Barnes: The truth about why I wore tights

John Barnes: My cheap tights came from C&A, but at least we didn't wear a snood like Thierry!

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17:22 GMT, 12 December 2012

It's time to reveal a secret. I may have been the first man to wear tights during the Premier League era but it had nothing to do with reasons of fitness.

Quite simply, I wore those leggings for one, simple reason: to keep myself warm. It had nothing to do with keeping my hamstrings protected or to prevent muscle strains. All I wanted to do was protect myself against the elements.

I’ll explain. I didn’t come over to England from Jamaica until I was 13 and no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get used to the cold. I was permanently freezing through winter. And when I was cold, I just didn’t feel comfortable playing football.

Not a fan of the cold: John Barnes admits he wore tights to keep him warm

Not a fan of the cold: John Barnes admits he wore tights to keep him warm

So in order to try combat things, I used to get a hot bath before kick-off to raise my body temperature. Gary Lineker used to something similar but whereas he used to only get into his waist, I would completely submerge myself.

That used to help during the winter months but when I got the chance to wear tights, I took the chance. I didn’t hesitate to wear gloves, either, though I never went as far as Thierry Henry and some others by wearing a snood.

Dimitar Berbatov

Clint Dempsey

Men in tights: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov wore tights and gloves against Newcastle, while Clint Dempsey was fully covered up while training at Spurs last week

Emmanuel Eboue

Pascal Chimbonda

It's in the North (London): Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue and ex-Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda wear tights in the Premier League

As you can imagine, being in a dressing room like Liverpool’s where there so many lively characters, I did get some funny looks but, thankfully, I managed to avoid the kind of ribbing that others might have got.

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All covered up: Thierry Henry has been known to wear a snood and gloves in the past

Ryan Giggs

Nigel Clough

Elder statesman: Ryan Giggs and Nigel Clough have also tried to keep their legs warm during games

Leading the way: Leicester's Keith Weller wore white tights during the an FA Cup game in 1979

Leading the way: Leicester's Keith Weller wore white tights during the an FA Cup game in 1979

And don’t think they were specially made for me, either. I’m sure now that all the sports manufacturers are producing leggings that cost hundreds of pounds but mine were nothing as flashy. If I remember rightly, mine came from C&A!

P.S. Football's men in tights are just one step away from being able to appear alongside this lot…

The Dynamic duo: Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin

The Dynamic duo: Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin

Men in tights: Robin Hood and his merry men

Men in tights: Robin Hood and his merry men

Michael Laudrup plays rugby for Swansea

Laudrup unveils bizarre new training method ahead of Swansea's visit to Arsenal

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16:54 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Wales rugby team use frozen cryotherapy chambers, Andy Murray does chin ups with weights strapped around his waist and the All Blacks do sprint work while standing on medicine balls – but this technique is new on all of us.

It seems Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been preparing to face Arsene Wenger's Arsenal team by getting his side to play football with a rugby ball.

The former Barcelona man was known for his skills when he won four consecutive La Liga titles but he never showed he could do this.

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup

Taking the Michael: The Swansea manager messes around with a rugby ball on Friday and coach Kristian O'Leary (below) gets in on the action, too

Kristian O'Leary

Swansea head to north London boosted by a superb display in the 3-1 win over West Brom in midweek but Pablo Hernandez, one of the architects of that victory, will not face the Gunners because of a thigh injury.

And Laudrup is unsure whether the Spain winger will be back in time to face Norwich a week on Saturday.

He said: 'We don't know yet how bad it is, it is a small muscle injury but for Saturday it will be impossible.

'If he could play against Norwich that would be a good sign. It depends on how it heals.

'If we are lucky he could be back against Norwich, if it is a bit more serious it could be maybe two or three weeks.

'These muscle injuries happen the longer you go with a lot of games, it is part of the game you have to accept and that's why you have a squad so you can use them. From Christmas through New Year, especially if we get through in the cups, we will have a lot of games.'

Mark Clattenburg will be in charge of tomorrow's fixture, having returned to action at Southampton in midweek after being cleared of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

And Laudrup is pleased to see the official back in action. He said: 'It is good to see this case is finally closed and he is back. He is a good referee and we have to try to help him by playing fair.

'If we think he makes a mistake the players can tell him, that's no problem, but it is good it is over.

'These cases have to be solved quickly so no-one can speculate as the more time it takes, the more speculation there is. But it is over, he is back and he will want to forget what happened, learn from it and get on with his life and his refereeing.'

Going Potty: Stoke have been compared to a rugby team

Going Potty: Stoke have been compared to a rugby team

Theo Walcott out of Arsenal v Montpellier with shoulder injury

Walcott forced out of Montpellier clash but Wenger hopes shoulder injury is not serious

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14:20 GMT, 20 November 2012

Theo Walcott has been ruled out of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Montpellier on Wednesday due to a shoulder problem.

The England forward sustained the injury during Arsenal's 5-2 derby win over Tottenham at the weekend but was able to play on and scored the Gunners' fifth goal in injury-time at the end of the match.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed Walcott had not trained on Tuesday and would have a scan to determine the extent of the injury although he thought it would be short-term.

Warming up: (left-right) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou in training at London Colney on Tuesday

Warming up: (left-right) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou in training at London Colney

Stretch: Jack Wilshere prepares for the Champions League match against Montpellier

Stretch: Jack Wilshere prepares for the Champions League match against Montpellier on Wednesday

Gervinho is back in the squad for the Emirates Stadium tie.

Wenger hopes Walcott's problem will not prove too severe.

He said at Tuesday afternoon's pre-match press conference: 'The injury he got during the game with his shoulder, we have to scan that today and see if there is no damage. He will be out for tomorrow. It should be short-term.

'We will miss [Andre] Santos as well, who has a muscle strain in his abdomen. The two players coming in the squad are Gervinho and [Kieran] Gibbs.'

Keen eyes: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with coaches Steve Bould (left) and Neil Banfield (right)

Keen eyes: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with coaches Steve Bould (left) and Neil Banfield (right)

Lukas leading the way: Podolski (front) and team-mates warm-up on Tuesday morning

Lukas leading the way: Podolski (front) and team-mates warm-up on Tuesday morning

Walcott, 23, has yet to agree new deal at Arsenal, and as such could leave at the end of the season on a free transfer.

Wenger has ruled out selling the forward during the January transfer window should the impasse over negotiations not be resolved.

The Gunners boss said: 'There's a risk, yes, but that we are ready to take.

'A successful season is more important for us than this risk that is only a financial risk, apart from the losing the player.

'If we sell him, we lose him anyway.

On the ball: Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain works on his passing with Wilshere

On the ball: Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain works on his passing with Wilshere

At work: (left-right) Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen

At work: (left-right) Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen

'I believe that we started the season with this squad and we want to finish the season with this squad.

'What is important is what we achieve together for the season – to do that I just think that Theo is a big part in that.'

Theo Walcott doubtful for England v Sweden

Walcott doubtful for England after Gunner picks up knock in thrilling draw with Fulham

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UPDATED:

19:10 GMT, 10 November 2012

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is an injury doubt for England's friendly in Sweden next week after picking up an injury to his buttock muscles during this afternoon's 3-3 draw at Emirates Stadium.

Walcott was eventually replaced with six minutes left after suffering the problem during the first half.

England boss Roy Hodgson also faces an anxious wait to discover if Wayne Rooney will be fit to play after the Manchester United striker limped off in their match at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Crocked: Theo Walcott was left limping after sustaining an injury to his buttock muscle

Crocked: Theo Walcott was left limping after sustaining an injury to his buttock muscle

Manager Arsene Wenger revealed Walcott would need to be assessed ahead of next Wednesday's friendly match in Stockholm.

'Walcott has a glute muscle problem,' said Wenger.

'We nearly took him off at half-time, he nearly went down, but we left him on and on.

'In the end, it got worse and worse. At the moment, he is limping so I do not know whether he will be able to join the national team or not.'

Walcott had left the field when Mikel Arteta squandered his chance to seal all three points with the final kick of the game for the Gunners.

Sascha Riether was unlucky to have been penalised for a handball in the box after Andrey Arshavin struck the ball against the defender's arm from close range.

But Mark Schwarzer got low and parried the Spaniard's attempt round his post, keeping the scores all square at the Emirates Stadium.

England travel to Stockholm to take on Sweden on Wednesday November 14.

Doubt: Walcott could be forced to miss out on England's clash with Sweden

Doubt: Walcott could be forced to miss out on England's clash with Sweden

Gutted: Mikel Arteta (right) missed a penalty in the dying moments of the game which would have won the match for Arsenal

Gutted: Mikel Arteta (right) missed a penalty in the dying moments of the game which would have won the match for Arsenal

George North: The best part of our Polish adventure is when it"s over

George North: The best part of our Polish adventure is when it's over

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23:31 GMT, 8 November 2012

On average in our Polish training camp we backs put on 5kg of lean muscle and lost four per cent of our body fat.

It meant we were allowed to eat whatever we wanted when we got home. The forwards have to be more careful! We got back on Friday and spent two days completely resting.

Boy, did we need it. I chilled with friends and family and just ate the whole weekend. It was nice to get some real food.

Putting the work in: George North tries to get past Lloyd Williams during training

Putting the work in: George North tries to get past Lloyd Williams during training

When all life’s luxuries are taken away it’s the simple pleasures that keep you happy. You look forward to a protein bar with a line of peanut butter in it, and cracking your back out in the morning on a foam bar.

You don’t normally do five days that hard without a rest but we achieved what we set out to achieve and I feel like we’ve already been together for months. It’s not fun but you’re out there to do a job and you get that done.

My Poland highlight is always the last day. After the agony of the whole week, waking up every morning with your whole body hurting, at the end of it all you wake up with your bag half-packed and you know you’re going home.

It’s the utter relief when the final whistle goes at the end of the final session. We’ve got a cryotherapy coming to Wales — so the one good thing is we won’t have to return to Poland, although I bet we’ll still be sent to some deepest, darkest country.

Making a splash: George North during an early morning swimming session in Poland

Making a splash: George North during an early morning swimming session in Poland

Icrashed out on the bus to Warsaw, peaked in the airport after a coffee which always gets me bouncing, then as soon as I put on my headphones on the plane I was gone. I woke up in Heathrow, then fell asleep again on the bus to Cardiff!

There are only a couple of restaurants in Spala and one does the world’s biggest pizzas. On our afternoon off, five of us backs managed to finish three of them off between us.

I didn’t have any money so I went to the cashpoint beforehand and took out 100 zlotys, which is about 45 pounds. It turns out that’s the equivalent of about half a million in Poland — the pizzas only cost about four pounds! The pizza place was the pick-me-up stop. It was phenomenal — you could even get Coke out the bottle.

When you’re new to the team you set yourself personal goals, but I think now it’s more of a team thing. The personal targets go into the background, now we have to stake a claim. We have to beat these teams at home.

Working hard: George North during weights training as he looks to put muscle on his body

Working hard: George North during weights training as he looks to put muscle on his body

Argentina are no pushovers at the start of four massive games. I’ve been chatting a bit with my Argentinian team-mate at Scarlets, Tomas Vallejos (below), and he says the Pumas feel like they are a better side for facing New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in the Rugby Championship.

It’s a massively tough tournament that only benefits them just by being in it. They had close games at Mendoza, in front of sell-out crowds, which gives them confidence.

Tavis Knoyle is what we call in Wales an absolute beauty. He’s come in at scrum-half and he’s a very positive chap. He works so hard and he’s been in great form for the Scarlets.

It’s been a long road for him to get here, missing the World Cup because of an operation, but you should have seen the smile on his face when he found out he’d got picked. Two half backs from the same team could be good for us too — they know each other inside out.

In the cold: George North comes out of the cryotherapy chamber

In the cold: George North comes out of the cryotherapy chamber

Players have qualms about how many games we are playing in a season. It’s a double-edged sword because games bring the funding, but I think as players we felt it was five or six games too many last season. Mentally we wanted it in Australia but physically we were let down.

The Australia tour was at the end of a big old block of work for us. I had five weeks off afterwards, which was beautiful — and needed. I came home and didn’t lift a dumbbell for three weeks.

Argentina come here in good form and are a very physical side in both forwards and backs. The backs run hard and they love an aerial battle, which is something we’ve worked on. If they started kicking a lot I’ll just have to keep running backwards and forwards to cover the ground, which is always fun

Who is Fulham"s new winger Ashkan Dejagah?

Who is Dejagah The lowdown on Fulham's explosive winger

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22:11 GMT, 21 October 2012

Ashkan Dejagah came on for the last 20 minutes to make his Fulham debut against Aston Villa – but who is he He is little-known but had an immediate impact on Fulham’s play, looking sharp and dangerous and Martin Jol afterwards described him as ‘explosive’. Sportsmail reveals where he’s come from.

WHY IS HE ONLY JUST MAKING HIS DEBUT

Dejagah signed for 2million in the summer but arrived with a torn calf muscle so has been unable to play. He suffered the injury in training shortly before his move but it was not considered serious enough for him to fail a medical.

New boy: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah made his debut against Aston Villa

New boy: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah made his debut against Aston Villa

WHO WAS HE SIGNED FROM

Wolfsburg. Martin Jol already signed right back Sascha Riether on loan from the club and went back for the winger, getting him on transfer deadline day. The pair won the Bundesliga together with the German club back in 2009.

WHERE’S HE FROM

The 26-year-old is an Iranian-German. He represented every single German national youth side from under 17 to under 21, scoring for each one, and even won the under 21 Euros back in 2009. And he’s always played in Germany, starting at Hertha Berlin before moving to Wolfsburg. But he opted to play for the Iranian senior team. He’s made four appearances and scored twice.

HE’S AN INTERESTING CHARACTER THEN

Yes, he courted controversy in 2007 by refusing to play against Israel in an under 21 match. He was accused of making the decision for political, antisemitic or racist reasons but he denied this and it is thought his family were under threat.

FULHAM HAVE PLENTY OF ATTACKING OPTIONS, IS HE LIKELY TO GET IN THE FIRST TEAM

Their main wingers are certainly under pressure. Alex Kacaniklic has started to push into the first team and the 21-year-old has played eight times this season and Damien Duff, who missed the game against Villa due to illness, has scored three times in eight matches. But Jol said: ‘Alex Kacaniklic thought he would come on [instead of Dejagah] – then a player who is new is in preference ahead of him. He is explosive and he should give Damien Duff competition for that place.’

Victor Anichebe says Christianity and his mother helped him through bad times

Anichebe reveals only his faith and his mother helped him through horror spell

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21:30 GMT, 20 October 2012

When you possess a physique like Everton's super-strong striker Victor Anichebe, it is hard to imagine falling prey to self-doubt and depression.

But the 24-year-old Nigerian international frankly admits only a strong religious upbringing and some choice words from his Mum kept him going during the dark times when one bad injury seemed to follow another.

Anichebe's return to goal-scoring form has mirrored Everton's excellent start to the season, which they hope to continue at bottom club QPR on Sunday.

Tough times: Victor Anichebe needed his mother's help

Tough times: Victor Anichebe needed his mother's help

But it hasn't always been like that for the 6ft3in striker, who grew up on Merseyside after his parents moved there from Africa when he was a baby.

He missed a whole season after suffering knee ligament damage against Newcastle in 2008, a further six months after injuring his other knee warming up in a pre-season friendly against Preston, and four months last year after tearing a groin muscle when on international duty for Nigeria in Madagascar.

'There were plenty of times when I was at a low ebb. To come back after 12 months, get injured again, and then again, I began to ask whether it was worth it,' he admitted.

'It's hard for people to know what really understand what it is like being injured. It is not just physical, it is mental too.

'You see your team-mates out there when you should be playing with them. Your friends and family tip-toe around, not knowing whether they should talk to you about being injured.

'I am a Christian but it was difficult to keep my faith at times. It was easy to think it is all rubbish and didn’t mean anything, but it does.

'My mum was supportive and said God had given me this ability so I should use it. She almost forced me to continue with my faith when I was in danger of losing it.

'If you stick with something, you will get through to the other side, and it got me through some hard situations.

'Steven Pienaar (Everton team-mate) also has his faith. I’m not saying that it makes you a great player, but it helps. It’s always nice to think you have that extra push behind you.'

As he chats about his beliefs, Anichebe appears the archetypal gentle giant. Yet he is no shrinking violet on the pitch, happy to use his power and aggression to unsettle opponents.

Faith: Anichebe is aided by his Christian beliefs

Faith: Anichebe is aided by his Christian beliefs

He was once criticised for a studs-up challenge on Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek during a reserve derby that attracted a lot of publicity on Merseyside. And he was sent off for a lunge on Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in December 2010, the last time City lost a home game.

'I don't need to go to the gym to lift weights and be big,' he reveals. 'When I come off the pitch, I am chilled, normal, not this aggressive person. Some people say too laid-back because I don't do enough. But I might be something else on the pitch.

'Look at boxers, you see them praying before a fight, and then they try to punch someone's head off. I am big and powerful, I use the attributes God has given me. I am not like Steven (Pienaar), where I will glide past players.'

Injuries have restricted Anichebe to only 40 Premier League starts since signing professional forms for Everton in 2005, the club he first trained with as a 10-year-old.

On the flip side, he has been used as a substitute 85 times by manager David Moyes – a club record. The signings of Belgian international Kevin Mirallas and Croatia's Nikica Jelavic means there is plenty of competition for places up front but that is something that appears to have inspired rather than deterred Anichebe, who has scored three goals already this campaign.

Tricky: Anichebe suffered racism in Ukraine

Tricky: Anichebe suffered racism in Ukraine

Rather than any opponent, the toughest experience Anichebe has had to overcome on a football pitch came early in his career when Everton played in a European game in Ukraine and encountered similar scenes to the alleged racism suffered by England under-21 players in Serbia last week.

'It happened before the game and was probably the worst thing I have ever seen in my life,' he said.

'I was walking around the pitch with the team and the whole crowd were doing big monkey chanting. It was like they were doing it synchronised, together – it was crazy.

'Everyone was spitting on me, so much it was like it was actually raining. I told the guards and they just laughed. I could see where the England boys were coming from last week.'

He also underwent a painful experience in 2009 when police questioned him as he looked into a jewellery shop window during a walk to help ease the boredom of being injured. Humiliatingly, the officers grabbed his crutches in case he tried to “escape”. They later apologised for the incident, which Anichebe believes was racially motivated.

If Anichebe continues his recent good form, he may have a difficult dilemma to make if Nigeria call him up for the African Cup of Nations in January.

Fine form: Anichebe has played well of late

Fine form: Anichebe has played well of late

A proud fan of the Super Eagles – and his parents have both returned to live in Nigeria – he is torn between helping out his country and showing loyalty to Everton after they have supported him.

'I love my country but Everton is what I am thinking about,' he admits.

'Everton helped me so much particularly when I was depressed about my injuries. They stood by me. They sent me away to America and to Belgium for rehab. I could look back at my injuries but it's better to forget about that stuff and be a man. As long as I am fit, I am good.'

Fifa 2013

Victor Anichebe was speaking at the Everton FIFA 13 Pro Player Challenge. Log on to www.youtube.com/EASPORTSfootball to see tournaments taking place across the country. EA SPORTS FIFA 13 is out now on all formats including PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS.