As football fans, we've all heard people say how players go down to easily, fake injuries, and are wimps. Although this statement may be true in the higher leagues, lower down in the divisions, you'll see honest players who want to play the game properly.
Passion and desire is something on show week in, week out in the lower tiers of the Football League.
Unfortunately for Michael Timlin and Bira Dembele, of Southend and Stevenage respectively, that desire left both players with head injuries at the weekend.
The ball went high into the air, and both Dembele and Timlin jumped up to try and win the header.
Stevenage captain Dembele narrowly won the ball ahead of Timlin, but the shocking moment came in the follow-through of Dembele's leap.
During the follow-through of Dembele's header, the two players clashed noggins and left the Timlin with a very nasty gash over his eyebrow. Shrimpers boss Phil Brown came onto the field to check on the welfare of his player during the aftermath.
Timlin, unsurprisingly, had to leave the pitch and required multiple stitches for his injury. Surprisingly, Stevenage skipper Dembele attempted to carry on. The game was eventually stopped for around five minutes while both players received treatment for their injuries.
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