Charlie Austin’s torso was a mass of bandages by the time he came off in the win over Bolton last night.
He scored goal number 15 of the season to set up the vital victory over the Trotters, but even before he rose to head home, his shoulder was strapped up to add to bandages already in place.
It looked as if Hoops leading scorer had dislocated a shoulder in an innocuous challenge, but the tough ex-brickie got patched up and merely soldiered on.
It came as no surprise to second scorer, although Karl Henry could not resist seeing the funny side.
“He’s like the Nanny in Count Duckula with all his bandages – if you remember that,” he said.
“A lot of players would have come off. Maybe’s he’s on a good goal bonus,’ Henry joked.
“But seriously it says a lot about him and the rest of the characters in our team who stand up and be counted when the going gets tough.”
Henry’s goal was a peach.
The ball fell invitingly just outside the box, a chest and a half volleyed rocket into the bottom corner did the rest, but it flummoxed the scorer who hit the back of the net for the first time in three years.
Henry explained: “I’ve been thinking that if I scored I would turn around like Eric Cantona did in one of his game - all arrogant like. But I completely forgot I was so in much shock.
“We weren’t great against Bolton – but we keep grinding out results.”