It's been a week of mixed emotions and fortunes for Bolton Wanderers defender Tyrone Mears who went from the elation and excitement that goes with signing for a new club, to the shock and despair of coming to terms with the broken leg cruelly suffered in training on Thursday morning.
"Ty went in for a challenge and unfortunately suffered the injury," confirmed Trotters boss Owen Coyle. "It was desperately unlucky for him and we will make sure that he is fully supported in his rehabilitation.
"He will go for a check and an assessment in a month and that will indicate more accurately the timescale for his recovery."
Mears joined Bolton from Burnley along with teammate and close friend Chris Eagles, where both players signed three-year deals at the Reebok Stadium.
The 25-year-old striker who, like Mears, is preparing for his first Barclays Premier League season since suffering relegation with The Clarets in 2009-10, wished his teammate a speedy recovery.
"I'm gutted for Tyrone, as is everyone else at the club," said Eagles. "It's cruel timing because, like myself, he was looking forward to the start of the new season with a new club.
"But I know Tyrone very well because we have been teammates for the last couple of years. He's a great lad and a strong character and I'm sure he will make a full recovery and show everyone what he can do."