Son Heung-Min endured an anguished weekend.
The South Korea international had registered an assist against Everton, putting the ball on a plate for Dele Alli to open the scoring at Goodison Park.
But then it all came crashing down.
Andre Gomes looked to break away on the left flank and Son brought him down.
It’s the kind of tackle that is ten-a-penny in the Premier League and referee Martin Atkinson initially looked poised to show the South Korea international a yellow card.
But as Gomes went down, his ankle twisted ghoulishly, leaving him with a fracture-dislocation and in need of a stretcher.
Son was distraught, crying upon seeing the impact of the injury on his Portuguese counterpart. Atkinson showed him a red card. He probably wouldn’t have been able to carry on, anyway, so heartbroken did he seem.
However, he returned to action on Wednesday evening, scoring twice as Spurs thumped Red Star Belgrade 4-0, leading to the image below…
Son and his manager, Mauricio Pochettino, arm in arm, with smiles etched across their faces.
The image comes with an added poignancy after Son’s distressed reaction to Gomes’ injury; he even refused to celebrate his goals in a gesture that he revealed was aimed towards the Toffees ace.
It has been a while since Spurs have hit any kind of form and their win on Wednesday was their first in three outings in all competitions.
Son, of course, is a remarkably popular member of the squad – both Dele Alli and Harry Kane revealed they attempted to comfort him on Sunday – and fans will surely have loved seeing him back to his smiley self.
They will hope that can continue this weekend, when Sheffield United visit north London.