Robbie Brady and Gary O’Neil were involved in a sickening clash of heads while playing for Norwich City against Chelsea at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
Three Norwich players challenged for the same ball - you can’t fault their commitment - but it didn’t end well for Brady or O’Neil.
Brady lost two teeth in the collision and chipped another, while O’Neil was left with an awful cut on his forehead. (Scroll down this page to watch the video - although if you’re squeamish you might want to hide behind a cushion.)
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
The Norwich City trio were challenging Willian for the ball, and the Chelsea winger also ended up rolling on the ground with his hands over his face.
But it was the Canaries’ duo who came off worse. Fair play to the pair of them, though, they both played on until the final whistle. Nails.
Video: Brady and O'Neil clash heads
Alex Neil reveals severity of the injuries
“Gary has a two-inch gash in his head and Robbie has lost two teeth and chipped another,” Norwich boss Alex Neil was quoted as saying by The Sun after the match.
“We made a poor decision on a short corner and, as a result of that, two guys collide in the middle of the park.
“One busts his head and the other busts his teeth. But they came back on to finish the game and they’ll be fine.
“I’m not going to sit here saying ‘poor us, luck’s not on our side’”
Norwich now in the relegation zone
Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss was Norwich’s seventh defeat from their previous eight Premier League fixtures.
The Canaries haven’t won a league match since January 2 and now find themselves 18th in the table.
Kenedy scored Chelsea’s opening goal after just 39 seconds, while Diego Costa doubled the Blues’ advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Nathan Redmond pulled a goal back for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the struggling Norfolk club.
Neil frustrated at full time
Neil added: “I’m disappointed to lose yet again because that’s been the story of our last few games when we’ve dominated but not taken our chances.
“When that becomes a continuous thing, it doesn’t boil down to luck, it’s down to quality.
“Their first goal was so frustrating, their left-back scoring in the first minute when we have a back five.
“Their second goal was offside and I made the officials aware of that at half-time because you would expect them to get a decision like that right.”
Tough matches on the horizon for Norwich
Next up for Norwich is a trip to Swansea City, before tough matches against Manchester City, West Brom, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Suddenly, every match feels like a six-pointer for Neil’s men.
Will Norwich City be relegated to the Championship? Have your say by leaving a comment below.