While the internet, and Twitter in particular, can be a cruel place for Premier League footballers, there was an outpouring of sympathy for Daniel Sturridge as the Englishman suffered yet another injury.
Lining out for West Brom, where is currently on loan, against Chelsea on Monday Night Football, there were only three minutes gone when the Liverpool-owned man had to leave proceedings.
With Chelsea leading 1-0 at the interval thanks to an Edin Hazard goal, the big talking point more bad luck for the injury-ravaged 28-year-old.
Playing against his former club, the injury occurred after an innocuous challenge with Cesar Azpilicueta.
Playing with West Brom until the end of the season, a run of goals may see him in the picture for a spot in England’s World Cup squad. Alas, this is another set-back for the 26-times capped international as he bids to get back to top form.
There was widespread sympathy for Sturridge as he departed Stamford Bridge:
Feel for Sturridge, poor dude. Gotta be massively frustrating
— Cruz (@dancehall420) February 12, 2018
As much as people tried to get behind Sturridge, the 13/14 season made him relevant. Other than that he's been injured, shame.
— Simon (@ffsMignoIet) February 12, 2018
I know! I feel terrible for him and I do want him to be successful and healthy. I love Sturridge. 😩
— Kerry✈️⚽️ (@KerrySomewhere) February 12, 2018
it’s actually so heartbreaking how injury prone Sturridge is/has become
— roo d (@Raaderer8) February 12, 2018
It's actually so harsh that sturridge breaks easier than iphone chargers, was so good at one point could have been class
— Adam Brewer (@brunobrewer) February 12, 2018
Gutted for Sturridge. Man must be feeling so low right now 😢
— Kevin Melia (@chickenkiev87) February 12, 2018
While some others weren’t as sympathetic to him, the overall consensus is that people want to see Sturridge back fit and healthy – and back to the kind of form that saw him get signed by both Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
For West Brom, they took a risk in bringing in someone so injury prone as they bid for Premier League survival. So far, this move has backfired.