Port Vale defender Adam Yates must wait to see if he has suffered any long-term damage after a collision with a team-mate left him with a horrific series of injuries.
The 34-year-old, from Werrington, Staffordshire, suffered a fractured nose, cheekbones and eye sockets as well as a broken upper jaw and wrist during a clash with goalkeeper Sam Hornby in a reserve match.
Yates has also had to have to have stitches above and under his left eye and must wait to find out if there has been long-term damage to his vision.
Port Vale defender Adam Yates was taken to hospital after the sickening collision
Yates was playing in a reserve game against Morecambe on the Valiants' Bycars training pitch when he collided with Hornbyas they both went for a loose ball.
Yates was kept in hospital in Tuesday night before being released on Wednesday. Yates is the Valiants' longest-serving player having made 248 appearances since he joined the club in 2009.
He missed the whole of last season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury and spent plenty of that time helping the club's community scheme.
Yates said: 'I would like to thank everybody who has contacted me and sent their support in regards to my recent injury.
The 34-year-old must wait to see if he has suffered any