Football bosses on Sunday night spoke of their shock after Calum Davenport was stabbed in both legs in a violent attack.
The West Ham defender and his 49-year-old mother remained in a stable condition in hospital on Sunday night following the incident in Bedford on Saturday.
Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola said the club were "very very sorry" to hear what had happened, and said: "We're very sorry about what happened. It's a terrible story. We can't imagine what he has been through in these moments."
He added: "The doctor told me the situation is stable, he is okay. The situation will be clearer in the next few days. Now it's important that he's all right.
"It was unbelievable. We didn't believe it when we heard. You don't expect things like this to happen, especially to people you know. We are very, very sorry."
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, Davenport's boss at Southampton earlier in his career, described the player as "lovely and inoffensive".
He said: "I know Calum. I had him on loan - a lovely lad, inoffensive and it's really sad to see what's happened to him and his mum.
"Hopefully they'll pull through and be okay. You couldn't meet a brighter, more laid-back lad than him."
The footballer, a former England Under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday morning.
Neither his nor his mother's injuries were thought to be life-threatening but both remained at Bedford Hospital on Sunday evening.
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