Wrexham football star James Gray was rushed to hospital after he was bitten by a killer spider while fast asleep in his bed. He developed a fever and was taken to A&E where they put him on a drip and needed surgery to cut out the infection.

He told the Daily Star: "I couldn't sleep and just felt horrible. My veins pop out at the best of times but they were really standing out and they looked red. The infection was going right up my arm.

"They had to slice the infection out of my arm and it went quite deep. It started to puss out before I went for surgery and you can imagine how that looked and felt.

"I'm getting it packed now to help it heal but I can't believe I was bitten by a false widow spider."

The 23-year-old, who joined Wrexham in June, last year, has since been released from hospital and could not train because of his wound. He added: "I've been told to be careful if I sweat because that could cause problems if it got into the wound and I have to be extra careful that nothing touches it.

"They are trying to make it doesn't heal from the outside because although the skin would grow over, it would always be weak and you'd be able to press the skin into my arm.

"It's pretty mental when you think about it. But I have a lot of tattoos so maybe I'll get a Spiderman one when I am fully healed just to remember it."