Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris was rushed to hospital after suffering a horrific elbow injury in the early stages of his side’s game at Brighton.
The French international’s handling had been found wanting on the goal line, allowing Neal Maupay to nod home after he had dropped his catch.
Lloris was caught out by a floated cross into the penalty area, and had been forced to back pedal into his own net to prevent the ball crossing the line.
His elbow could be seen visibly buckling as he landed and, according to ESPN, he sustained a dislocation and could learn how long he will be out for on Monday.
While the home side raced off to celebrate their early lead against the top flight strugglers, Lloris could be seen writhing in pain before concerned team-mates signalled for Tottenham’s medical team to race on.
The 32-year-old was filmed screaming in agony inside the net as he was tended to, and was given oxygen during a lengthy pause before being taken off the field on a stretcher.
It was later reported that Lloris had been administered morphine, and was screaming in agony down the tunnel before being taken to hospital.
Questioned on his skipper’s injury, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said in his post-match press conference: ‘He is in the hospital now. There is no other news at the moment.’
Lloris was replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga, and looks set to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea showed his support for Spurs’ crocked star on Twitter following the unsightly injury at the Amex, tweeting a prayer emoji next to the France stopper’s name.
The visitors had been looking to bounce back from their 7-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in mid-week, but instead got off to the worst possible start on the south coast as the pressure piled on Pochettino.