Espindola's ankle not broken, pride still bruised

Espindola's ankle not broken, pride still bruised

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Espindola's ankle not broken, pride still bruised

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Real Salt Lake forward Fabian Espindola is set to miss four to eight weeks with an ankle injury suffered in RSL’s tie vs. Los Angeles on Saturday. The injury could have been much worse, but not much more embarrassing.

In case you missed it, Espindola injured his ankle executing a back-flip after scoring what he thought was a goal just six minutes into the match. Unfortunately for Espindola, the goal was waived off for offside AND the pain in Espindola’s ankle forced him to leave the match soon after.

As angry as RSL fans must be at the less than wise celebration, the injury might have helped RSL salvage a point. Yura Movsisyan came on in the ninth minute in place of the injured Espindola and provided a goal and assist in RSL’s 2-2 tie.

Check out Espindola’s less-than-perfect back-flip after the jump:

Perhaps just as absurd as Espindola’s injury is the fact that Brian Jordan celebrated a goal just two minutes with his own front flip (you can spot it just before the clip goes:

What do you think of Espindola’s injury? Should teams forbid their players from performing flips after goals? Was it just bad luck on Espindola’s part? Would you pay good money to watch Kenny Deuchar try a flip?

Share your thoughts below.

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