Former Manchester United physio Dave Fevre has revealed Roy Keane’s rather epic response to hearing he had ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Keane suffered the worst injury of his career as he sprinted alongside Alf-Inge Haaland during a Premier League clash in 1997 against Leeds United.
The Irishman went down, prompting a furious reaction from Haaland, but it later emerged that Keane had would need to undergo an extensive rehabilitation programme to recover from his ruptured cruciate ligament.
Fevre was the man to break the news to then-United skipper Keane, who appeared to take it much better than it may have been expected.
“We were waiting for the surgeon,” Fevre told The Athletic. “Roy was sitting on his bed, I was sitting at the side, and he’d got the TV on. He was watching Celebrity Squares.
“Then, all of a sudden, he got the remote control and turned it off.
“He looked at me. ‘All right, then. So what the fuck’s going on with my knee?’
“I went through everything with him. I told him, in my opinion, what I thought it was.
“I told him that hopefully, I was wrong but at the same time, I was pretty certain I was not far off.
“The surgeon was on the way. The radiographer was coming in to do the scan. Everybody was doing what they could.
“‘Well, let’s get on with it,’ he said. Then he put the TV back on and carried on watching Celebrity Squares.”
Of course, Keane ended up getting his own back by ending Haaland’s career with a true horror challenge in 2001.
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But there was actually a more thoughtful, softer side to the hard man away from the pitch it seems.
Fevre added: “On my first day at Blackburn’s training ground, Brian McClair (then Blackburn’s assistant manager) came up to me to say a big box had arrived with my name on it.
“I’d been there only a few hours. It was a parcel from Roy and his wife, Theresa, and inside there was a set of crystal glasses to say thank you for everything I had done for him. A lot of people don’t see that side of Roy.”
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