Manchester United fans watched on in horror as almost a dozen medics attended to Luke Shaw during Tuesday night's Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven.
They were charged with the task of strapping up his right leg, which, it would later transpire, had been broken in two places by Hector Moreno.
It is a devastating blow for the 20-year-old, who had been playing his best football since joining Manchester United in a £31million deal from Southampton last summer.
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The footballing world continues to send their heartfelt sorrow to Shaw, and Juan Mata has used his presence on social media to pay tribute to his stricken teammate.
Of course, this is just one of a number of tributes to be filtering out of the Manchester United dressing room, but Mata's message is so touching, it almost brought tears to our eyes.
Mata wrote: "I go now to bed, frustrated and disappointed about the result of the game. But soon, it will be another game, and we'll put everything to win again.
"That's this sport... But now I'm very gutted for this man... That's the @lukeshaw23 I know. You are always smiling, my friend.
"Keep doing that, be strong and think positive. We all want you to come back soon, we will miss you for some time, but we will still enjoy in this season with your football, Luke."
Shaw has reportedly undergone surgery in Holland despite the original claim that he would travel back to Manchester before having an operation.
His parents are with him at the hospital, and it is believed the player will remain there for the time being before returning to England.
Initial assessments have predicted that Shaw will be out for around six months, opening up the possibility of him returning to action in March. With a tough course of rehabilitation ahead, the focus should not be on when he is returning, but ensuring he makes a complete recovery.