Stephen Ireland has revealed a picture of the horrific injury he sustained after a tackle on Saturday.
The Stoke City player was left with a three-inch gash needing 12-13 stitches in his calf when Maynor Figueroa's boot caught his leg.
Stephen Ireland's leg after the horror tackle from Maynor Figueroa yesterday. 😷😷😷 pic.twitter.com/4mRY06jAwn— Daniel Feliciano (@dmf180593) March 1, 2015
Ireland had to be taken off after the tackle. Despite the severity of the injury, Hull City player, Figueroa, was not booked and will not face a ban as officials saw the challenge.
Stoke manager, Mark Hughes, said: "Stephen Ireland has been on the end of a horrendous tackle, one that should’ve seen a straight red.
"The tackle could've finished his career. Why the referee hasn't given a straight red I've no idea."
"Ireland’s come in at half-time and rolled his sock down, there’s a wound needing 12-13 stitches. I’ve watched the video back, it’s shocking. We’re frustrated. They need to do better."
It wasn't all bad for Stoke who went on to win the match 1-0 thanks to a late winner from Peter Crouch.