Andros Townsend is out of the World Cup after suffering ankle ligament damage against Stoke City and it really is a bitter blow for a player who has rose from Spurs loanee castaway to England international in 18 months.
Roy Hodgson is a big fan of the player, and he seemed more than likely to be on his way to Brazil - regardless of the fact he is not currently a regular starter under Tim Sherwood.
Nobody likes to see a player’s dream cut short like this - and well-wishers have been flooding in from around the footballing fraternity.
Including from one unlikely source…
The two players have had something of a public spat in recent weeks.
When Arsenal beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in March the Polish keeper took a ‘selfie’ on his phone to celebrate the victory - and Townsend publicly condemned the move on his own Twitter account.
A week later when Chelsea thrashed The Gunners 6-0 Townsend posted a Tweet stating:
“No selfie today?”
Just this week he addressed the public feud and told FourFourTwo magazine:
“There’ll be no selfies from me on the pitch.”
But at the end of the day both men are professionals and clearly Szczesny does not want to see another contemporary suffer in this way.
So it really is a nice touch of the Pole to send this message - and hopefully the pair can now bury the hatchet.