Photo emerges of Leeds United star Daniel James' nasty play-off final injury

-Credit: (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Daniel James was left with a nasty scar across his forehead following Leeds United's play-off final defeat to Southampton on Sunday.

The Welshman came off the bench just after the hour-mark at Wembley as Leeds chased an equaliser to cancel out Adam Armstrong's early opener for the Saints.

Despite failing to prevent his side sliding to a disappointing defeat, the 26-year-old made a positive impact during his half-hour cameo, rattling the crossbar with a superb effort seven minutes from time.

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Another flash point arrived just four minutes later. A sickening clash of heads with Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters meant James required lengthy treatment from medical staff, who at one point looked ready to bring out the stretchers.

However, heavily bandaged, James was able to continue, later forcing a smart save from Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as Leeds piled on the pressure late on.

An equaliser never arrived, and Leeds will now stay in the second tier for another season.

Despite the heartache, James still managed to raise a smile after the game, but was later seen sporting a pretty substantial scar across his forehead, having clearly received stitches to his wounds.

Attention for the winger is now likely to turn to international duty, with Wales boss Rob Page set to name his squad this week for the upcoming double-header of friendlies with Gibraltar and Slovakia.