READING FC striker Nelson Oliveira has thanked medical staff following the horror injury he suffered on Saturday.

Oliveira has posted an updated picture of himself recovering at home following surgery yesterday to fix a broken nose and repair a deep wound to his face.

Ex-Premier League referee Mark Halsey is now calling on the Football Association to take retrospective action against Tyrone Mings for allegedly stamping on Oliveira’s face in the second half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

The FA are due to study referee Geoff Eltringham’s report today before deciding whether or not to punish Mings, who has apologised for his part in the incident.

Oliveira was treated on the pitch then taken to the Royals Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

And the 27-year-old on-loan Norwich City striker admits ‘no words’ can express his gratitude to the medical staff who looked after him.

Oliveira wrote: “Finally at home…..I want to thank the entire medical team at @readingfc and the Royal Berkshire Hospital who helped me brilliantly during these tough days, I have no words to say how grateful I am.

“Thank you to all the people who sent me messages sharing love and support that will definitely help me get back even stronger!

“A special thank you to my lovely and beautiful wife @melrodrigues22 for always stand by my side in very moment. See you soon.”

Oliveira's wife, Mel Rodruguess, did not hold back in her criticism of Mings for the 'disgusting' challenge on her husband.

He posted the following on Instagram: "I hope someone will appeal for this guy to get a lengthy ban. There is absolutely no excuse for his behaviour. He knew where his head was. An injury is upsetting but something like this is just disgusting."

Reading Chronicle:

Oliveira is likely to be fitted with a protective facemask the next time he played for the Royals.

But it is not known how long he may be sidelined for or whether he will be available for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday (3pm ko).