BLIMEY, HE’S BACK!

Mata­dor who lost eye to bull is fight­ing fit

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL EVANS

A SPAN­ISH mata­dor, who was left with one eye af­ter be­ing gored in a bull fight, is back in the ring just five months af­ter the hor­ror in­ci­dent.

Juan José Padilla, 38, had hours of surgery at the Miguel Servet Hospi­tal in Zaragoza, where sur­geons fixed his face with ti­ta­nium plates.

Con­tro­ver­sial

Padilla – nick­named ‘The Cy­clone from Jerez’ – had no in­ten­tions of hang­ing up his red cape and has made a tri­umphant re­turn to the con­tro­ver­sial sport.

Wear­ing a fash­ion­able pi­rate’s eye patch, Juan saw off two half-tonne beasts on his come­back night at the Olienza bullring, near the Por­tuguese bor­der – to a stand­ing ap­plause from his loyal fans.

Speak­ing be­fore the fight, Padilla said: “The fans have sup­ported me through­out.

“Now it is my turn to give it back to them in the ring.”

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