Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/19/14

A rising English rugby star was left with a claw hammer embedded in his head during the early hours of Sunday morning after a horrifying attack by another patron outside a nightclub. Scunthorpe Rugby Club player Matthew Probert was photographed slumped against a wall with the claw of the tool embedded in his skull after a night out with pals. He was attacked at about 1 a.m. Up to five bouncers were seen by onlookers trying to reassure him and keep the 21-year-old tough guy awake, as they checked his pulse. Probert, a loose-head prop, (yes, that a real rugby position) was rushed to a specialist brain unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. Surgeons spent an hour removing the hammer from his forehead and he has since been described as being in a stable condition and "lucky to be alive." Lincolnshire Police later confirmed a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Probert's prognosis is good — he's a rugby player after all.

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