Tomas Soucek forced to undergo plastic surgery following horrific facial injury

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Tomas Soucek - TWITTER: TOMAS SOUCEK
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Tomas Soucek, the West Ham United midfielder, has undergone plastic surgery to repair his broken lip following the horrific facial injury he suffered against Everton on Sunday.

Soucek was accidentally struck in the face by Salomon Rondon’s studs at Goodison Park, leaving him with severe cuts around his eye, lip and nose.

The Czech Republic midfielder said after the game that it was “great to add to my collection” of stitches and he will be available for Thursday’s Europa League match against Genk, despite the trip to the plastic surgeon.

“Tomas wants to play,” said David Moyes, the West Ham manager. “He has had his lip stitched and he got it done by a plastic surgeon on Tuesday because it was stitched up after the game. Now it has been redone.

“He has also had a couple of stitches on his cheek, and he has had a couple of his nose, in between his eyebrows. He is fine. I said to him, ‘Look at my eyebrows, Tomas. My eyebrows have been stitched up from my years of being a centre-half and getting cut’. He has to get a few more stitches before he gets to this level.”

Meanwhile, Moyes has warned of the mental health issues that can affect football managers, following Steve Bruce’s admission that it was “very, very tough” to be consistently abused as Newcastle manager.

“I have been called lots of things,” said Moyes. “I have had periods in my career where it has been bad and still, in many places you go, it is difficult.

“There are a lot of mental health issues which come from being a football manager, I have to say. Football managers are no different to other human beings who work in other industries, in other roles, but maybe we are not treated the same because it is seen as fair game that football managers can be called out or publicly talked about.”

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