Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney has sustained a nasty cut to the head after an accidental collision during training with Manchester United on Saturday.
The injury has forced the 27-year-old striker to miss Manchester United's 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Sunday and he will also sit out England's World Cup Group H qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Rooney has expressed his disappointment in missing England's key qualifiers, starting with the clash against Moldova on Friday at Wembley, and denied he had an ulterior motive for pulling out.
"Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the 2 games," he wrote on his official Facebook page.
"There's nothing I would like more than to be helping the lads in the qualifiers. I'm sure people will see from these images the reason why I won't be able to play."
England and Arsenal striker Theo Walcott spoke of the large gash on Rooney's forehead ahead of Friday's game today, describing it as like something out of a "horror film".
Pointing to a 500ml water bottle on the top table during a press conference today, Walcott said: "It's about that big. It's a very big gash.
"It is not a nice sight to be honest. It is not going to help his looks I wouldn't think. It's not very nice to see. It's like something out of a horror film."