BEN GARCIA is thanking the skill of medics after they stopped him losing an ear following a horrific Magic Weekend injury.
The Catalans Dragons skipper was forced out of Sunday’s defeat by Warrington.
That was due to slicing the skin of his ear, leaving it pretty almost hanging off his head.
At first it was uncertain whether the France star would return to Perpignan with his team or whether he would remain in Newcastle for surgery.
But just hours later, he was allowed home from hospital with the reattached ear held on by 20 stitches.
Now he may even play in their upcoming games.
They face Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium on July 17.
That is followed by a clash with Huddersfield Giants on July 23 before another home game against Leeds Rhinos a week later.
Catalans players and boss Steve McNamara were at St James’ Park waiting to be told if they would have the 29-year-old with them on their flight.
But they were able to depart at half time of the Hull KR v Hull FC game following theirs.
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And their captain was in tow.
Garcia wrote: “The surgery went well with 20 stitches to reattach my ear.”
McNamara added: “They did a great job in Newcastle with a plastic surgeon.”