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"He crawled off!" | Leon Osman recalls Kilbane's nightmare on ice

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22:12 26 Sep 2019

As Kevin Kilbane prepares to embark upon a fresh challenge with Dancing On Ice, Leon Osman, his former Everton teammate, revealed details of the Irish international's ill-fated history in skates. 

Only a few months shy of hitting the ice on television, Kevin Kilbane hasn't been shy in demonstrating his inexperience in skates.

When his former Everton teammate Leon Osman joined Off the Ball for Thursday's Football Show, the extent of Kilbane's history on ice left something to be desired.

"Of all the things Kev could probably do, I'm really amazed he's chosen to go on the ice," laughed Osman.

Looking all the way back to a fairly boisterous night out in their playing days on a pre-season trip, the image of Kevin Kilbane's mishap remains firmly lodged in Osman's mind.

"What I remember of Kev going out on the ice," he recalled, "it was one foot-step, his feet were in the air, blood all down of his arm and then straight back off again.

"I'm amazed, after seeing that, that you're actually going to go back on the ice.

"He went that high into the air that the impact of him landing on the ice just bashed his elbow up and he didn't even stand up to get off the ice - he crawled!"

To make matters worse, the club doctor on call during the journey was making his first away trip with the club.

"It was his first trip away," outlined Kilbane, "and he was just looking at me in amazement saying, 'What are you doing?! You're a professional footballer! What on earth are you doing on ice-skates?!'

"To be fair to Leon, he was very good - skating everywhere, pirouettes and everything."

Already taking over all the chat in the former Everton players' Whatsapp group, the extent to which Kevin Kilbane's prowess on the ice has improved will be the source of great interest.


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