Monday 20 November 2017

WATCH - Joe Hart suffers horrific head injury but plays on for Torino against AC Milan

Ouch: Joe Hart left battered and bruised by the studs of an opponent
Ouch: Joe Hart left battered and bruised by the studs of an opponent

Sean Gibson

Joe Hart picked up a shocking head injury as his Torino side fell to AC Milan in the Coppa Italia on Thursday night, but bravely played on once he was bandaged up.

The Torino medical staff were faced with an unorthodox patch-up job after the on-loan Manchester City stopper had his face and head raked by an opponent's studs in a head-on collision.

Hart had come out to claim the ball at the feet of Milan forward Gianluca Lapadula, who appeared to have given up on the challenge before catching the keeper with his trailing boot.

Lapadula himself was horrified and immediately called for attention to Hart, receiving a booking for his careless challenge.

The incident preceded a rapid turnaround in Torino's fourtunes on the night, as two Milan goals in three minutes turned a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit that ultimately saw them eliminated at San Siro.

There wasn't a lot Hart could do about the first, but he may well fancy he could have done better with the second - though there was little arguing with the technical quality of Giacomo Bonaventura's volley.

Once it was clear that Hart was able to continue, some fans were able to see the funny side of the keeper's improvised new look.

England's numer one has largely thrived on loan at Torino this season, despite a difficult debut, after being unceremoniously displaced from the Manchester City side by new manager Pep Guardiola.

Though Hart's replacement Claudio Bravo has attracted criticism for a sequence of clangers and poor performances, Guardiola has stuck by his man and Hart's future remains uncertain halfway through the 2016-17 campaign.

Torino currently lie 8th in the 20-team Serie A, maintaining their midtable standing established in the four seasons since their promotion in 2012.,/p>

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