John O’Shea says he was lucky to have only needed stitches after a heavy tackle from Gareth Bale during the Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw with Wales on Friday.
Bale, who said his yellow card for the incident was harsh, saw his Welsh teammate Neil Taylor dismissed form the game a minute later for his leg-breaking tackle on Seamus Coleman.
After the match, the Sunderland defender said: "There is no problem getting a hard tackle but when people are very late, and stuff like that, it is a different story.
"When I saw it back, yes, I was a little bit annoyed. It was one of 'them'.
"I have had plenty of stitches put in there. I was lucky considering what has happened to Seamus. On another night there could have been two red cards.
"In a derby game, you are going to expect some tasty tackles – but, as I said, within reason.
"I can't remember how many stitches it was. The doctor had to stick some in deep and a few dissolvable ones on top. Hopefully, it will heal quickly.
"Thankfully I am walking away from it, so no problem."
As a result of his caution, Bale has now been ruled out of Wales' next World Cup qualifier against Serbia.
He added: "I didn't even go for a tackle. I went to try and slide to tap the ball in and he's kind of kicked me, we have collided.
"I didn't think it was a yellow to be honest, but the referee's done it so what can I do?"