Matthijs de Ligt covered in blood after head injury during Lyon vs Juventus

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt suffered a nasty head injury during his side's Champions League defeat to Lyon this evening.

The Italian side travelled to the Groupama stadium for the last-16 first-leg tie hoping for a positive start.

But Juventus went 1-0 down after only 31 minutes, while De Ligt was off the pitch injured, and couldn't respond for the rest of the encounter.

The defender was getting a gruesome-looking cut seen to after team-mate Alex Sandro accidentally stepped on his head.

De Ligt was lying prone when the Brazilian stood on him, causing the side of his face to pour with blood.

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Juventus were soon back with 11 players on the pitch after the youngster returned sporting a Terry Butcher-esque bandage around his head.

De Ligt has enjoyed a positive start to life in Turin after snubbing multiple European offers for a move to Serie A back in the summer.

Manchester United and Barcelona were among the suitors for the former Ajax man.

De Ligt has excelled in the centre of defence in recent years.

But he recently admitted he used to thrive further up the pitch.

"Up to the age of 15 I played as a playmaker," he told UEFA this week.

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"I played a lot in midfield, scored a few goals and made some assists.

"But then they told me that for my career it would be better to play as a central defender.

"At the beginning I thought: 'I don't like playing in defence,' but I now realise that playing as a midfielder has helped me. I am happy with my development."

Ronaldo and co. couldn't turn the tide in the second-half, despite enjoying more of the ball in the second-half.

Sarri's side have it all to do in the second-leg, which will be held on March 17.

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