SOUTHEND United striker Stephen Humphrys has undergone a final operation on his broken nose.

Humphrys, who memorably scored the goal against Sunderland to keep Blues in League One on the final day of last season, suffered 15 broken bones when scoring at Accrington Stanley in February.

And the 21-year-old has now had surgery for the second time to get him back to full fitness.

Humphrys tweeted: “Last bit of surgery done.

“So glad to finally put this behind me and focus on what matters, getting fit and ready for next season.

“Thanks to everyone for the messages. See you all soon.”

Humphrys joined Blues from Fulham in January and scored four goals in his first seven games.

However, the fourth of those efforts came at his cost as he clattered into Accrington goalkeeper Jonny Maxted when scoring and suffered horrific facial injuries.

As well as a broken nose, Humphrys suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye-socket and had eight metal plates inserted into his face during his first operation in February.

But, despite the seriousness of the injuries, Humphrys returned to action wearing a protective mask for the Shrimpers towards the end of the season and fired Kevin Bond’s side to a crucial 2-1 win against Sunderland.