Bristol Rovers legend and former Spurs captain Gary Mabbutt has foot eaten by a RAT during safari holiday in South …
The one-time Rovers hero woke up to discover a big hole in his toe and his bed covered in blood.
“So I’ve gone to sleep and during the night a rat has come has into the bedroom, climbed into the bed and decided to chew on my foot.”
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He added: “It made quite a big hole in my toe going down to the bone and ate underneath my foot so it became infected.
“I then got home quite quickly and then I was in hospital for a week and that was about, crikey, about six weeks ago now.”
The rat bite has left Gary visiting hospital every day for two to three hours to be put on intravenous drips to get rid of the infection. The incident has also caused blood clots to form.
He added: “When you think about it all the opponents that I played against I finally get taken out by a rat.
However, he went onto have a distinguished playing career at the highest level after making debut for the Gas in 1979. He made more than 130 appearances for Rovers before moving to Tottenham Hotspur where he enjoyed a remarkable 17-year career.