Edwin Van Der Sar Strains His Back Against Newcastle

Bela TrimmelCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2009

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was seen exiting a Manchester hospital on Thursday afternoon after having arrived there earlier that morning.

When asked by the press what had happened, he replied that he had injured his back during Manchester United's match against Newcastle on Wednesday.

However, there is no video evidence of van der Sar making any of his usually spectacular saves that could have led to such an injury.

It is likely that the injury came during the ninth minute when he was forced to dig the ball out of the back of the net. It would seem that he had forgotten what it was like to bend over to retrieve it.

Also if you look closely, there seems to be a curious look on the keepers face as to what exactly that spherical object was that was in the back of the net.

Prior to Peter Lovenkrands' goal, van der Sar had gone 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal in the league.

We wish him a speedy recovery and best of luck next time recognizing the ball and knowing that he needs to stop it before it gets past the goal line.