James Justin injury

James Justin injury analysis


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James Justin was forced off the field on a stretcher after getting injured in the second half against Newport County in the Carabao Cup. The Leicester City full-back returned from a long-term ACL injury earlier this year and despite his best efforts, Justin is set to miss out on a potential World Cup spot after his latest setback. With news breaking out that he suffered an Achilles injury, we are here to break down all the details of the injury including our observations from video footage. So, let’s get started.

Observations from James Justin injury video analysis

James Justin went down after a tackle from a Newport County player with what seemed like a knee injury. He immediately signaled to the bench about needing medical attention. Although it looked like Justin suffered a knee injury, he wasn’t pointing toward the knee. As the game paused, the physio arrived and this is where we noticed the defining moment:

  • The physio was holding Justin’s ankle.
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  • The physio testing dorsiflexion of the ankle.
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From the following observations, our concerns leaned towards a calf/ankle/Achilles injury rather than the knee. Unfortunately, our fears turned into reality when Brendan Rodgers stated that James Justin suffered an Achilles rupture

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Analysis of the physio examination

The first picture where the physio is holding Justin’s ankle is likely a palpation examination where you can feel the defect in the posterior part of the ankle as the Achilles tendon tears off from its position.

The second picture where the physio is applying dorsiflexion to the ankle is done to stretch the Achilles, which makes it easier to feel the defect.

In addition to that, a specific confirmatory test is done clinically to confirm an Achilles rupture known as Thompson’s test. 

Note: I doubt this test was performed on-field, rather done in a less hostile environment as a part of a full assessment of the Achilles.

Final thoughts

The return timeline from an Achilles rupture is around 6-9 months. The road to recovery is pretty tough physically and mentally, especially for someone like James Justin who remained sidelined for over 300 days with an ACL injury last year. Our thoughts are with Justin, we hope for a really speedy recovery. 

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