Joe Allen has been an ever present in the Stoke City midfield since he joined from Liverpool in 2016 – and although he has been on the front line of a difficult time for the club, there has never been any question over his commitment to the cause.
That much is evident in the reaction to Allen’s serious injury this afternoon, mid-way through a vital 5-1 win over Hull.
The 29-year-old fell almost back on the half-time whistle and had to be stretchered straight down the tunnel after on-pitch treatment from a team of medics.
Michael O’Neill has confirmed the severity of the injury at full-time – a ruptured Achilles which requires surgery in the next few days and will see Allen miss the rest of the season and Euro 2020.
Stoke fans have been getting in touch in their droves with messages of support for the player.
Jayne Ellen: Speedy recovery Joe! Fingers crossed everything goes well and you’ll be back fitter than ever! Come on you Potters!
John Mason: Shouldn’t have had the hair cut. But joking aside, wish you a speedy recovery. My player of the season. In fact since he came to us.
Jimmy Poisson: Great player, captain and all round human being. Get well soon Joe.
Joy Mycock: Absolutely gutted for you Joe. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
Matt Lewis: Wishing the best of luck to you Joe in your recovery and hope you’re back soon. You’ll be back stronger.
Sheree Adams: Speedy recovery Joe… player of the season. Can you still be present at the games to back the lads?
Ernie Greenaway: He has been a very loyal player for us and I am absolutely gutted for him I hope him a speedy recovery.
Helen Elizabeth Buckley: Wishing you a speedy recovery. Gutted
Wendy Cotton: Hope you have a speedy recovery. Absolutely gutted. You have been outstanding for the club and we can’t wait to see you back.
Steven Jervis: Good luck Joe, I did mine in 1994 back playing cricket following season.
Jackie Greatbatch: Wishing Joe a speedy recovery.
Neil Burke: Devastated for you Joe. You have been tremendous this last few months when we have needed you most. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Keri Green: Absolutely gutted, get back as soon as you can.
Maggie Barlow: Gutted. Must be the new haircut! Speedy recovery, you’ve had a brilliant season.
Nikki Isherwood: Speedy recovery for you hopefully, gutted for you.
Alison Milner: Get well soon Joe! Anything needed from Eccleshall we’re there for you!
Lynn Rhead: Gutted for you Joe. Get well soon.
Jason Heath: Get well and fit soon Joe.
Paul Allen: Such a huge and important player for us will be greatly missed hope all goes well
Nick Boulton: Feel for you, Joe. Good player but this Oakley-Boothe looks a talent.
Jeff Wootten: True professional and gives his all hope recovery is good for him and speedy recovery.
Alan Swindells: Gutted for you mate one thing is stoke as a club will stand by you..
Sam Nuttall: Get well soon Jo Allen you will definitely be missed from the team!
Andrew Rushton: Gutted for him. He’s been immense since O’Neill came in.
Carl Shingler: Gutted. He’ll be missed big time.
Paul Kinson: Really bad luck Joe get well soon.
Alan Davies: Quick recovery Joe ready for August!
Linda Hooton: So sad all the best
Geir Meltveit: Get well! We need you in the fight for promotion.
Denis Bedson: Gutted for him.