Tottenham should have been celebrating long into the night after picking up a crucial 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League but instead the focus lay on the injury status of star man Harry Kane.
Having lost the English hitman once to what seemed to be a serious injury blow, the last thing the Lilywhites would have wanted would have been to see him ruled out for another prolonged period.
Unfortunately, the Telegraph have reported the potentially shattering update that he could be out for as long as three months – leaving him sidelined until the start of July – while it is pretty much accepted he will not be seen again this season, even in the best case scenario.
What now for Spurs?
Thankfully for Mauricio Pochettino he has Tuesday’s match winner Heung-min Son at his disposal, the South Korean already having proven to be a more than capable stand in for Kane this season.
However, with the battle for a top four finish heating up and the possibility of a Champions League semi final on the horizon, the pressure has never been more intense for Son – and it is not only him who needs to feel the heat.
Christian Eriksen was a huge let down against City, struggling to make the expected impact for a man of his talents and it is not the first time the Danish ace has been anonymous when the pressure has been on Spurs.
It is time for the midfield maestro to finally prove he is a big game player and not just a flat-track bully who takes advantage of weaker sides to boost his statistics.
After all, football is a sport made up of a squad, not just one individual, and with Kane missing it is up to his teammates to step up to the plate, Eriksen more than most after his hit-and-miss performances.
With Son likely to move up to a central role to fill the void left by Kane, someone has got to take the South Korean’s place on the wing and that is likely to be Lucas Moura, who has drifted off the radar after a bright first half of the season.
The Brazilian is another who has got to lift his game to new heights if Spurs are going to reach their goals this season and failure to do so could be the difference between Champions League and Europa League football next season.
If the pressure was high before Tuesday, it has just been taken up a notch or two – and the trio of Lucas, Eriksen and Son will be feeling the immense heat more than most.