Tottenham fans have recently come under fire for booing Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere as he lay injured.
The midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, sustained the problem in a collision with Tottenham striker Harry Kane, with the injury proving worse than first feared.
An initial X-Ray ruled out a break but a second scan has picked up a hairline fracture to his left leg, according to a number of national newspapers. The diagnosis will rule him out for the rest of the season and possibly some of next given his past struggles with a similar problem.
The prognosis, which has not been officially confirmed by Bournemouth or Arsenal, is a similar injury to the one that ruled him out for most of the 2015-16 season and the England international could now return to Arsenal to receive treatment.
Wilshere went down clutching his ankle and was taken off in the 56th minute, followed by an eruption of jeers, boos and chants from the Spurs fans.
Bournemouth man Steve Cook acknowledged the ferocity of the rivalry, but admitted it was disappointing to hear the boos.
“Obviously there’s no love lost between Arsenal and Tottenham fans and especially Jack and the Tottenham fans,” Cook told reporters after the game.
“But it’s not nice. He’s a professional and I know a lot has been said in the past and a lot has happened but no-one likes to see a reaction like that to a player getting injured.
“That’s the game I suppose but for me it was disappointing.”
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) April 19, 2017
We asked on Twitter whether Tottenham fans felt any remorse for the reaction to Wilshere’s injury.
We got quite the number of responses (67 and counting), and some of them were not exactly apologetic…
@TEAMtalk Errrrr… how about zero f**ks given
— DARREN YARLETT (@darrenyarlett) April 19, 2017
@TEAMtalk You clearly have no understanding of football rivalry
— Peter Thurlow (@thurlow_peter) April 19, 2017
— Fe (@Sir_roozy) April 19, 2017
Stan Collymore believes the White Hart Lane faithful had every right to give Wilshere stick.
“Tottenham fans were spot on to give Jack Wilshere some stick when he was injured,” Collymore said.
“After all, Wilshere didn’t mind giving them some after Arsenal won the FA Cup a couple of years ago.
“Nowadays we’re in an age of players scoring and it’s all, ‘Ooh, sorry, sorry I scored…’ Absolutely ridiculous. I mean, for crying out loud, man up.”
— Paul (@__PaulG) April 19, 2017
@TEAMtalk Why? Because he broke his leg trying to injure another professional? Naaaaa
— Simmo (@thfc1983) April 19, 2017
@TEAMtalk No!! It's even funnier now……what goes around comes around
— Rob Litttle (@rob_little70) April 19, 2017
So, it is fair to say the Wilshere has not gained any sympathy from Spurs fans. Out of the 67 responses we received, all were along these lines.