Everton’s James McCarthy suffered a double leg break in an accidental collision with West Brom’s Salomon Rondon in the sides’ 1-1 draw.
The Irishman suffered the injury during an attempted tackle on Rondon as the Venezuelan swung for a shot.
The 27-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after the collision, with Rondon visibly distraught seeing the injury to his opponent.
“It’s a tibia and fibula fracture compounded. A very nasty injury,” said Everton boss Sam Allardyce said after the game.
The game was just McCarthy’s third league appearance of the season after having returned from a previous injury lay-off in December.
Rondon had to be consoled by his teammates after the injury, being described as “absolutely devastated” by McCarthy’s injury.
“I feel really sorry for James,” the Venezuela international said.
“Even if the move had resulted in a goal, I would have preferred not to score if it meant an opponent avoided suffering such a terrible injury.
“I wish James a speedy recovery and hope to see him back playing again soon.”
After the match, the Venezuelan tweeted: “Absolutely devastated. Rivalries are forgotten about when a colleague suffers such an unlucky injury. Really hope to see you back playing again soon, James McCarthy.”
McCarthy will miss the remainder of the season, and likely a part of the year after too.