Anichebe - I feared leg break
Everton's Victor Anichebe thought Kevin Nolan's horror tackle had broken his leg.
Last Updated: 23/02/09 11:33am
Everton striker Victor Anichebe thought Kevin Nolan's horror tackle had broken his leg at St James' Park on Sunday.
But the Nigerian, forced to withdraw just before half-time in the goalless draw with Newcastle after a two-footed lunge by Magpies midfielder Nolan, is now hopeful his injury is not too severe.
Nolan received a straight red for the X-rated challenge, and Anichebe will be examined on Monday to discover the severity of his injury.
"I've never felt as much pain in my life," he told evertonTV. "I thought I'd broken my leg.
"I couldn't even look down, to be fair. It was a terrible tackle but I don't think he really meant it, he came and said sorry. But what can you do?
"I felt so much pain. Now it's not too bad. It's not as bad as I first thought anyway, but I'm feeling a bit of pain in my knee and the back of my calf and down my shin so we'll see how it is.
After witnessing some horrific injuries during his short footballing career, Anichebe knows how lucky he was to escape a broken leg.
"I've always thought to myself I'll never get injured for a long period of time," he said. "When it happened I thought, that's me, that's my time, but luckily I've got strong legs anyway, and if that was anyone else, their leg would have snapped in two.
"I suppose I'm lucky to come out not as bad anyway, so I'll get a scan on Monday and see how it is. Hopefully everything is all right."
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