Stoke City striker James Beattie feels that he was caught by Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong 'on purpose'.
Beattie suffered a head wound in his side's 1-1 Premier League draw with the Magpies last weekend after he was caught by Bassong's arm.
The former Sheffield United frontman was forced to have a dozen stitches on the cut, but is hopeful of being fit for Saturday's match versus Blackburn Rovers.
He told The Sentinel: "I think he got booked, didn't he? So the ref has seen it. I thought he did it on purpose.
"Either way, it hopefully won't stop me from playing. I don't know if I'll have to wear something to protect it.
"I'll have a word with the physio and he'll probably have me wearing something stupid!"