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Middlesbrough star Dael Fry has shown off the injury he suffered during their Championship clash with Blackburn.
Fry had to be substituted after being kicked in the face by Jarrad Branthwaite as both competed for the ball.
Fry got there first and got a face full of boot for his troubles, though the referee did not deem the challenge worthy of a penalty or red card.
It left the Boro man bleeding from the eye area, with manager Neil Warnock fuming at Everton loanee Branthwaite.
And a picture posted by Middlesbrough after the match shows a battered Fry with his right eye damaged.
He appears to have three cuts around the eye, with the eye being barely open due to the severity.
Warnock claimed he had been told that if impact had been a millimetre different, Fry would have lost his eyeball.
“It was a gamechanging incident and when I saw the mess his face was in, I didn’t even bother with the result,” Warnock said following defeat.
Everton loanee Jarrad Branthwaite leaves opponent with horror injury after kick to face
“I don’t think the lad meant to do it but it was endangering the safety of a player. It cannot be any worse than that.
“The doc just said he’s a millimetre from having his eyeball took out.
“We missed out all round – we don’t have a penalty or a sending off and one of our best players is carried off.
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“It’s an absolute joke and I am distraught. How can the ref not see it? There was nothing in the way, I can’t understand it.
“You just expect people to do their job. It’s so disappointing when you see the effort my players but in.
“I don’t think we’ve lost the game. The officials just have not been good enough.”
- Middlesbrough FC
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