This story is not one for the squeamish. In fact, it's probably not one for those who don't mind a bit of blood.
OK, so here goes. Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri needed 100 hundred stitches on a horrific thigh injury he picked up in training which meant his muscle was detached from the bone, along with 90% of his tendon.
The former Arsenal man has been out of action since Manchester City's 5-1 victory over Bournemouth back in October, which was his first game back after an injury lay-off - and now the grizzly reason why has been revealed.
According to Nasri, the injury occurred during a training session when he was involved in a tackle with midfielder Fernado and Aleksander Kolarov.
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“We had a session after the October international break and everything was going well,” he said. "Then, right at the end I played a one-two with Fernando and the ball was a little bit behind me – we were playing two-touch - and I had the ball ready to shoot but I could see Aleks coming from behind me.
“I hesitated before I shot and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do. I went for the shot and as soon as I did, I felt my leg going from under me with no challenge and I just screamed as I hit the ball because the pain was so intense and collapsed on the floor.”
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Unfortunately for Nasri, the injury he'd suffered was a 'rare' one, which means he's likely to be out until March - although it could have been much, much worse.
“My surgeon told me this was a rare injury as the muscle had detached from the bone and the tendon was also 90 per cent detached and had to be stitched back together so it was something that doesn’t happen very often.”
He added: “The original estimate by the doctors was that I’d be out for between four to six months and the surgeon told me the same, but I’ve already done two months and I’m targeting the international break in March to be back properly with the squad,” he said.
“I broke my fibula during my second year at Arsenal and was out for nearly six months. But with this injury I had to have an operation that resulted in nearly 100 stitches in my thigh.
Manchester City will be keen to get Nasri back as soon as possible as they push for the title. They currently sit in second place, three points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.