Football is often considered to be a "man's game" because the possibility of getting injured is very high, but St. Mirren WFC skipper Jane O'Toole redefined "toughness" when she decided to play on after dislocating her right knee in the Scottish League against Inverness.
In a short clip released by the club, it can be seen that the captain came out on the wrong side of a 50-50 challenge against Caledonian Thistle. While it didn't appear to be much, she rolled over after the challenge and landed awkwardly. Upon a closer look, it was pretty clear that the knee was badly dislocated.
How does a Scottish footballer deal with a dislocated kneecap? 🤔— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) February 21, 2020
St Mirren WFC captain Jane O'Toole bashes her kneecap back into place before playing on for the remainder of the game.
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But since her team was 6-0 down, she did what every sane person would do. She punched the knee into shape and went on to play the rest of the game. Yes, you read that right. The clip shows O'Toole punching the dislocation back into where it should originally be, shrugged it off and entered the field of play without much hustle. Instead of getting off, she decided to play the entire game.
While the mental and physical toughness is worth every bit of praise and adulation it can get, it was rather awkward to see that no medical staff came rushing to the spot. By the time other players caught the attention of the referee, O'Toole had already fixed her problem and was clearly dealing with a lot of pain. The club has not released any statement on the injury yet.