The tearing of flesh, particularly in the Achilles' heel, is about as feared a non-collision injury as an athlete can sustain. Even with modern medical procedures, it disrupts, and can derail, a career.
It has happened twice in four weeks to Chelsea players.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 19, 2019, with the headline 'Relentless chase for the money will be the game's Achilles' heel'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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