Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio suffered a terrible ankle injury in the 1-1 draw with Getafe.
The Argentine defender was said to be Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s ideal defensive signing last summer, with plenty of reports in Spain suggesting a deal was close to being complete.
However, due to complications, the deal ultimately failed to materialise and Musacchio spoke out afterwards, telling Estadio Deportivo that Spurs’ offer wasn’t quite right.
"When you get offers they must be good for the club and for the player. In this case it was not good enough for either of us, so in the end it did not happen and I'm still here,” he explained.
Since that ordeal, the North Londoners went on to acquire Federico Fazio from Sevilla whereas Musacchio has endured a difficult campaign with injury setbacks, starting just 12 La Liga games.
His latest injury, however, is not muscular and can only be put down to sheer bad luck as he appeared to roll his ankle while challenging Getafe’s Diego Castro.
The 24-year-old immediately required medical assistance, and blood was visible while he was carried off on a stretcher and rushed to hospital.
His boss Marcelino Toral Garcia told reporters his vice-captain has suffered a serious injury, admitting to AS that he will now have to undergo a difficult operation.
"Musacchio will have to undergo an operation and it will be a very complicated procedure. It's a really, really serious injury,” Marcelino explained.
“We'll have to wait and see how best to deal with it, but he left [the stadium] with the doctor and it looked very bad.
“I don't want to see any pictures of it but when we saw blood on the stretcher we knew then it was a serious injury."