Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Allen had to be carried off on a stretcher in Saturday’s 5-1 thumping victory over Hull City, having ruptured his Achilles tendon.
The Wales international, who looks set to miss the season and this summer’s European Championships, went to ground after an innocuous-looking collision with Hull midfielder Dan Batty just before half-time.
Allen stayed on the ground for treatment as players went in for half-time, and it became apparent it was a serious injury, requiring the stretcher.
Experienced manager Neil Warnock is no stranger to seeing players suffer serious injuries during his long career – and had sympathy for Allen.
“I have seen a few of these ruptured Achilles and nobody’s near them,” Warnock told Quest TV’s EFL highlights show.
“They go over. They are so tight and then it just splits. It is a horrible injury.
“It’s a real blow as well to Ryan Giggs because when I have watched Wales play when I’ve been in Cardiff, he has been outstanding for them.”
After the game, manager Michael O’Neill said: “It’s a huge loss. He’s a terrific player, a terrific lad. He’s been fantastic for me. When you come into a club, players like Joe Allen make your job a lot easier.
“He had so much to look forward to not only at the end of the season but Euro 2020 as well with Wales. I’m gutted for the player and it’s taken a bit of shine off the victory.”