When you think about common injuries in basketball, having your eye gouged out doesn’t normally feature on the list – except if you’re Akil Mitchell that is. Mitchell’s eyeball popped out during a recent basketball match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Cairns Taipans. As Mitchell went up to challenge for a ball, Taipans’ Nnanna Egwu caught him in the eye with his finger and somehow managed to gauge his eyeball straight out of his head.
Be warned that even though it’s literally a split second, the footage is enough to give you nightmares for the next few weeks:
Crazily, he’s expected to make a full recovery from the injury, with team general manager Dillon Boucher saying:
Akil is sitting up and resting, and has vision to his injured eye.
While there is some damage, the early reports are very positive that the injury is not as serious as first feared.