Jeremy Menez will remember his Bordeaux debut for the rest of his life.
Mainly because his Bordeaux debut will have a lasting impact on the rest of his life.
The Frenchman had the top part of his right ear ripped off after Lorient's Didier Ndong inadvertently stepped on the side of his head on Wednesday.
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Menez lay on the floor before tangling with Ndong in a truly horrific incident.
The 29-year-old signed for Bordeaux from AC Milan on Monday in a bid to revive his career, but to say he's suffered a setback is an understatement.
Bordeaux have confirmed in a club statement that the midfielder has undergone surgery.
"Jeremy was operated on on Wednesday evening under local anaesthetic in order to sew back up his ear," Bordeaux's statement read.
"The length of time Jeremy Menez will be out for will depend on the healing [of the wound]."
It certainly ranks among the worst debuts in history. When Jonathan Woodgate scored an own goal and was sent off in his first Real Madrid appearance in 2005, at least he emerged with his ears intact.
Ndong, 22, apologised after learning of the severity of Menez's injury.
"I apologise fully to Jeremy Menez and to Girondins de Bordeaux after this totally involuntary aspect of the game had unfortunate consequences for the Bordeaux attacker," the Gabonese midfielder said in a Lorient press release.
"I lend him all my support for the coming days and I hope to see him back on the pitches of Ligue 1 very soon."
Menez left Paris Saint-Germain to join AC Milan in 2014 but endured an injury-hit sophomore season, starting only two games in 2015-16.
If there's any positive to come from his freak injury, at least he hasn't suffered a muscular injury that will affect his performance.
The incident happened in the 65th minute of Bordeaux's 3-1 friendly win over Lorient. There was so much blood that it even crept to his forehead. Fortunately, he didn't appear to be in distress as he walked off the pitch.
The signing of the two-time Ligue 1 winner, albeit with his finer days beyond him, represented quite a coup for a club harboring dreams of returning to European football.
But his competitive debut has been delayed. Quite how long he'll be out for, we're not sure; there isn't a precedent for this sort of injury.
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