By Alex Stevens

Isco had nine staples on a horrific head injury but still managed to finish the game.

The Real Madrid midfielder, who has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, had his head stapled back together by the club’s medical staff during their Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain last week.

Isco sustained the head injury following a clash with PSG defender Serge Aurier. In a short video uploaded by Real, the Spain international is seen grimacing as each staple is placed into his skull.

Nine staples: Isco had his head patched up and carried on playing

Nine staples: Isco had his head patched up and carried on playing

Isco was forced to change his shirt four times during the match, as medical staff struggled to stem the blood flow from the injury.

To his credit, the 23-year-old managed to finish the game, which ended in a 1-0 win for Real.

Painful blow: Isco underwent treatment following a clash with Serge Aurier

Painful blow: Isco underwent treatment following a clash with Serge Aurier

His blood stained white shirt was reminiscent of former England internationals Terry Butcher and Paul Ince, who continued to play on for England World Cup qualifiers despite their shirts being soaked through with blood.