Warning: The following story contains images some viewers might find disturbing
New Zealand cricket star Jimmy Neesham has undergone surgery after suffering a sickening finger injury during a recent match.
The Kiwi allrounder suffered a dislocation of his left ring finger, while trying to stop a shot off his own bowling for Wellington against Canterbury in Saturday's Super Smash Twenty20 match.
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Neesham's team confirmed that he was operated on and had a splint placed on the finger, with the 30-year-old to visit a hand specialist in a week's time for further assessment.
"James Neesham has a confirmed compound dislocation (exposure of joint surfaces) of his left ring finger. He underwent surgery on Saturday night and has been put in a splint," Cricket Wellington said in a tweet.
"It will be reviewed by a hand specialist in a week, with the aim to be available for the back end of the Super Smash."
Wellington are currently leading the standings in the Super Smash, with Neesham expected to return for the back end of the tournament.
However, judging by some of the horrific images the allrounder shared of his injury, it will take quite some recovery.
Just to clarify to everyone asking, I underwent a minor procedure last night to make sure my finger is still in good shape. Thankfully it was.
The aim is to be back in time for the @SuperSmashNZ finals in early February 😊 pic.twitter.com/bAk1rzD4Id
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 17, 2021
The images Neesham shared on Instagram of how his finger looked after surgery paled in comparison to some of the photos fresh after he dislocated it.
Some of the gruesome pictures were deemed to be "sensitive content" by Instagram, meaning users had to confirm they wanted to see it, before the frightening imagery was revealed.
Fans were understandably left squeamish at the sight of the finger bent painfully back out of place, with one even showing the bone protruding out from the skin on his ring finger.
— Virarsh (@Cheeku218) January 18, 2021
I was having trouble getting to sleep and then I just HAD to see the pic that jimmy neesham posted of his finger 🤢
Might be an all-nighter for me
— Stu 🌈🇦🇺 (@stuzarb) January 18, 2021
We all just hope that your fingers are fine. Looking at the injured finger it caused me to cringe pic.twitter.com/EjME4mc0Tp
— Anish Desouza (@ilegally_indian) January 18, 2021
Ugh that makes me feel ill! But I had a nose job mid year that made everyone else feel ill so I guess we all have our turn.
— Maggie Pink (@MaggiePink5) January 17, 2021
Looks very painful. Hope you will be back very soon
— WAZIR🇵🇰 (@156kph) January 17, 2021
Looked pretty damn nasty! All the best with recovery Neesh!!
— Sam Crooks (@sj_crooks) January 17, 2021
Thanks for the update. It really looked gruesome. 🩹
— Tracie 🌳🌷🌺🌹🦋 (@Tracie_28) January 17, 2021
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