West Ham United's Mark Noble looks dejected
While nobody could question Noble's passion and desire he - like most of the West Ham squad - failed to hit the heights of last season when the club finished just four points off the Champions League places.
He played an instrumental role in the season-defining 1-0 win over fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
But on the eve of Sunday's match against Liverpool, the club has announced on its official website that Noble has been battling on through the pain barrier with a double hernia.
With the club mathematically safe from relegation courtesy of the three points against Spurs, Noble has been sent for surgery and will miss the final two games.
A younger Dave Sullivan (left) with brother Jack and dad David Sullivan
And Dave Sullivan, the son of Hammers co-owner David, delivered an emphatic verdict on Noble in a Twitter post.
"Now this is what you call commitment," Sullivan said.
Now this is what you call commitment. ⚒ https://t.co/4ItHdGVSYq— DAVE SULLIVAN JNR (@DaveSulley) May 12, 2017
Noble's selflessness is similar to that of defender Angelo Ogbonna who played on for the first half of the season with a knee injury until the Hammers could sign Jose Fonte in January before having a season-ending operation.
Both players showed attitude and dedication that is in direct contrast to Dimitri Payet who effectively downed tools in order to force a return to Marseille earlier this season.
And they did not take kindly to Sullivan's praise, angrily trolling the co-owner's son.
@DaveSulley No thats what you call stupidity risking further injury to an already overstretched squad.— 父 Russell M P 父 (@russelthehammer) May 12, 2017
@DaveSulley Love his passion and hunger to play but you can tell he hasn't been playing right, Should have admitted the problem earlier for good of team— ⚒ (@kaz7289) May 12, 2017
@DaveSulley Wrong. It could explain his awful displays. He owed it to manager, teammates and fans to be honest. It's not all about him.— Dave Riley (@Apache_Dave) May 12, 2017
@DaveSulley No it's irresponsible- instead make sure the manager knows and manage the situation. And that from the captain.— Paul C (@00042213) May 12, 2017