Stoke City: Huth needed almost 30 stitches in head injury
STOKE'S Robert Huth has shown off the wound he took to his head against Wigan last night.
The 28-year-old German warhorse channelled Denis Smith by playing through the pain barrier at the heart of the Potters' defence.
He needed four minutes of on-pitch treament after clattering heads with Latics striker Franco di Santo in the first half of a 2-2 draw - and has now revealed he has needed 28 stitches to a cut above his left eye.
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Ex-Stoke defender Gareth Owen, a guest summariser on BBC Radio Stoke, said: "There's no way he can carry on."
But centre-back Huth was bandaged up and soldiered on, later posting this photograph on Twitter to reveal the extent of the damage, adding, "Ouch".
The fighting spirit will come as no surprise to Stoke supporters, with Huth having previously told a Stoke physio, "I don't have time to bleed."
However, he still has some way to go to match 1970s hero Smith in the die-for-the-cause stakes.
Smith suffered five broken legs, broke his nose four times, cracked an ankle, broke a collar bone, chipped his spine and snapped most of his fingers and toes, as well as needing more than 200 stitches
And not even one, "ouch".