Hull FC legend Gareth Ellis made his return from injury in the defeat to St Helens on Friday night, but his comeback was spoilt due to a nasty cut copped in the first half.
Ellis left Hull Royal’s A&E department at 2am on Saturday morning having had forty stitches in his face, the graphics of which are pretty gruesome.
Still though the warrior wants to go round again on Thursday as Hull host London.
“My comeback game after eight weeks out saw me end up with 40 stitches, two facial wounds, one that went through to the bone and a trip to A&E until 2am Saturday morning,” he stated in his Yorkshire Post column.
“Things didn’t go great against St Helens on Friday for me or the team. It’s funny as it was actually our captain Danny Houghton’s head that did all the damage.
“I ended up getting stitched by the facial surgeons in A&E which is an interesting place on a Friday night in Hull at 11pm and moving into the early hours…
“I’ve got one wound just below my eye, sort of on my cheekbone, and then one right on the top of the eye socket. That was the one that was right to the bone; I could see it coming through. It was interesting. The rugby league gods are testing me.”
Ellis infamously came out of retirement this year to line up for Hull FC at Wigan, and he’s made a dozen appearances for the Black and Whites this year.
That has led to him talking about playing on next year – something Ellis has stated he is keen to do.
But never mind 2020, Ellis wanted to play on after the cut, but the doctor advised differently, and it was off to hospital after the game.
“When I came off my initial thought was to get the doc to stitch them up and get back out on the field,” Ellis admitted.
“But with the impact I’d had and going right through to the bone, I think he was a bit reluctant to stitch it up there and then.
“I had a patched-up job – a bit of an eye patch on to cover both wounds – and that meant I could at least watch the match with one eye if not two. He then took me to A&E.
“My wife was there with the kids so she had to bring my mum, sister and the children home while my dad had to hang around with the physio. It was a late one. We play London on Thursday and I do hope to play.
“If it starts to heal and it doesn’t feel like it’s pulling or ripping apart there is a chance I could be right for Thursday. It all depends. I do really want to play as I need to get the minutes under my belt.”