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23rd Feb 2017

Porto midfielder’s foot looks like it was bitten by a shark after Champions League clash

How the hell did he play for 40 minutes with this?

Darragh Murphy

We shudder to think of how it felt to pull the blood-caked sock away from the wounds on Hector Herrera’s foot on Wednesday night.

Herrera suffered two brutal cuts to his left foot in a challenge with Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner during this week’s Champions League Round of 16 tie.

The Porto midfielder was in visible discomfort following the tackle just after half-time, which earned Lichtsteiner a yellow card, but Herrera somehow managed to see out the remainder of the game.

The thought of kicking a ball with such gruesome open cuts is enough to make our skin crawl but Herrera is clearly made of sterner stuff than us which is why he’s a professional footballer and we’re writing about professional footballers.

Juventus won the first leg 2-0, courtesy of two away goals via Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves, while Porto full-back Alex Telles was sent off in the first half for two bookable offences in quick succession.

It’s a game Herrera will remember for a long time and the memory will not be a fond one.

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