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Gored one-eyed bullfighter gets back in the ring

A Spanish bullfighter who lost the sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a horrific goring returned to the bullring just five months after his injury.

On October 8, a bull's horn ripped into Juan Jose Padilla's lower jaw and caused his left eyeball to protrude as spectators screamed in horror.

Mr Padilla (pictured) was seen getting up shouting: "I can't see, I can't see anything ..."

His face was gushing blood as assistants distracted the bull.

Yesterday, wearing an eye patch and speaking with a lisp, Mr Padilla (38) fulfilled what he described as an unquenchable desire to once again face massive 1,100lb fighting bulls with the aid of only a cape and sword.

Mr Padilla, the star attraction at the south-western town of Olivenza's annual taurine festival, said he was returning to the ring because of a need "to win, to triumph, to be a better man".

A capacity crowd of about 5,400 people, including die-hard connoisseurs, fashion models and well-known personalities, packed the town's historic bullring, which was built in 1854.

Despite lacking the two-eyed stereoscopic vision that allows people to judge distances and the speed of approaching objects accurately, Mr Padilla had little trouble killing his first bull before dedicating the second beast to his father, who embraced his son after the kill.

Irish Independent