David Seaman on his most agonising injury in football – a punctured scrotum

Arsenal legend David Seaman has opened up on his most excruciating football injury – a punctured scrotum.

Seaman suffered the agonising wound in a duel for the ball against Leeds United striker Lee Chapman while playing for the Gunners in the 1990s.

But the Arsenal goalkeeper came back out to play the second half of the match after having emergency stitching during the interval.

To add insult to injury, Seaman had been called a 'southern softie' by Leeds midfielder Gordon Strachan following the eye-watering challenge.

But Scotland international Strachan was quick to apologise when he realised the pain Seaman had suffered.

"I've had all sorts of injuries,' former England keeper Seaman told The Athletic on their Handbrake Off podcast.

"The ball come across from my left on the ground and as I went out to get it, (Lee) Chapman has come to slide in as well to get it and he actually had his studs start on my knee and go right to my groin area.

"I was in agony on the pitch and I remember it clear as day. I was laying in a crumple and I have got Gordon Strachan right in my face as I am laying on the ground and he goes, 'Get up you Southern softie!'

"First of all I was more offended about being called southern," said Seaman, who hails from Rotherham and began his career at Leeds.

"And then as I moved my shorts there was a lot of blood on my underslip… around my you know what area."

Seaman, who was integral to Arsenal's tough defence of the 90s and early 2000s, was known for his no-nonsense style.

And he soldiered on to half-time thanks to some quick patching up from the club physio, before having what must have been uncomfortable stitching during the break.

"What had happened was Chapman's studs had actually gone into my scrotum, punctured my scrotum – and this was about five minutes before half-time," said Seaman, England's second most capped keeper after Peter Shilton with 75 appearances for the Three Lions.


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