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Celtic star Henrik Larsson's horror leg break

See Scotland Today footage from the day after Larsson suffered a potentially career-ending injury in France against Olympique Lyonnais.

Celtic star Henrik Larsson's horror leg break

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson has many happy dates from his career at Parkhead to remember, but one day - October 21 1999 - sticks in the mind for the wrong reasons.

John Barnes' side were on UEFA Cup duty in France against Olympique Lyonnais when the Swedish striker suffered a horror double leg break in a tussle with Serge Blanc, ruling him out of action for eight months.

Breaking the tibia and fibula bones in his lower leg, Larsson's injury was immediately compared to that of the one sustained by former Coventry player David Busst, who had to retire in 1996 after suffering an identical double break against Manchester United.

After flying back from France following his team's 1-0 defeat, he underwent emergency surgery at a private hospital in Glasgow. There were initial fears the injury could end his career, but he made a full recovery and featured in his club's last game of the season against Dundee United and went on to play for his country at the 2000 European Championships.

The loss of Larsson for Celtic was a huge blow to manager Barnes, who was already under pressure just three months into his job. The Lyon fixture was the last time he would name the player in his starting line-up, eventually shown the door after a humiliating 3-1 home loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

Returning from Euro 2000 with a strike against Italy to his name, Larsson went on to have one of his most successful seasons in a Celtic shirt in 2000/01. He scored 35 league goals in 38 games and won the European Golden Boot award, having finished the season with a remarkable 53 goals in all competitions.

His goals were vital to a treble winning season for the club, scoring a hat-trick in the League Cup final and a double in the Scottish Cup final.

The £650,000 signing from Feyenoord in 1997 proved even more cruical to Celtic's success as his goals contributed to an overall four SPL titles and a memorable run to the UEFA Cup final in Seville in 2003.

He eventually departed Scotland in 2004 after seven years in Glasgow, heading to Barcelona, where his appearance as a substitute in the 2006 Champions League final turned the game in his team's favour in a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

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