The season has just started across Europe and players return to competitive action. The last thing they want is an injury. In this week’s Weekly Football Phrase we introduce the word ‘sprain‘.
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Sprain

This can either be a verb – to sprain, an adjective – sprained, or a noun – a sprain. It is a word used to describe a common injury in football. A sprain is an injury that happens when a joint has been twisted or stretched and a ligament has been damaged. To sprain your ankle means to twist your ankle and damage the ligament. The most common sprain is to the ankle – the joint between the foot and the lower leg.

  • Example: Mikel Arteta suffered a badly sprained ankle in a tackle with Demba Ba.
  • Example: Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for Arsenal’s next two games after spraining an ankle during Tuesday’s fiery Champions League qualifier
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