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Vincent Hogan: Hartson making most of his second coming

Published 20/11/2010 | 05:00

"We'll go into your back, cutting down about 14 inches from the top of your shoulder blade. Then we'll open up the ribcage, use part of one of your ribs to clamp it open, deflate the left lung, feel around for any lesions, cut them off.

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Then we'll drill through the ribs and stitch you up from the inside. It should take about seven hours. We'll repeat the process on your right lung a month later, all being well."

He is sitting in the Shelbourne Hotel when, unsolicited, John Hartson pulls a grey, woolly fleece up over his head to reveal a cushioned torso embroidered with tattooists' art.

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