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Exclusive: Rangers star Kirk Broadfoot needs hospital treatment after egg explodes in his face

 

May 15 2009 By Paul O'Hare

 

RANGERS star Kirk Broadfoot was left nursing a sore face after an exploding EGG landed him in hospital.

 

The Scotland full-back was inspecting two eggs he had just poached in his microwave when one of them blew up and squirted scalding-hot water into his face.

 

A Rangers insider said: "It may sound funny but it was quite a serious accident. Kirk's face was quite badly burned."

 

The shocked star phoned his parents, Marilyn and John, who rushed round to his luxury home in Ballochmyle, Ayrshire, from their house in nearby Drongan and took him to hospital.

 

Kirk, 25, was treated for scalds to his cheek and allowed home. He told Rangers manager Walter Smith what had happened and he is now being monitored by club doctors.

 

"As it happens, it was a close shave," the Record's Ibrox source said."He was very close to burning his eye, which could have had a serious impact on his career."

 

Kirk was already out of the Rangers team with an injury before the egg incident on Sunday. He is expected to make a full recovery from his scalds.

 

He did not want to comment about the accident.

 

Kirk signed for Rangers from St Mirren in 2007 and his wholehearted style quickly made him a cult hero with the Ibrox fans.

 

George Burley called him into the Scotland squad and he scored a vital goal in the World Cup qualifier in Iceland last September.

 

Kirk is far from the only amateur cook to be injured by an egg.

 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents say 500 Britons needed hospital treatment after "egg-related incidents" in 2002, the last year such data was collected.

 

A RoSPA spokeswoman said: "Our advice is always to take care when dealing with boiling water in a microwave."

 

The British Egg Information Service offer advice to egg-lovers on how to poach them safely in the microwave:

 

1. Carefully crack the egg into a large teacup or ramekin dish filled with 1/2 tbsp of water.

 

2. Use a cocktail stick to pierce the yolk and white in a couple of places and poach in the microwave on HIGH for 40 seconds in a 750-watt oven, or 60 seconds if you have a 650- watt oven.

 

3. Let the egg stand for a minute before serving.

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