Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland needed to look away in the stands as his teammate Mateu Morey suffered a horrific injury towards Holsten Kiel in the German cup semifinal on Saturday, discovering his knee caught in the turf.
The third division minnows, who had upset the chances to knock out home rulers and Champions League holders Bayern Munich on penalties earlier in the competitors, had been outclassed on the Signal Iduna Park.
A brace from Gio Reyna and targets by Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Jude Bellingham gave the hosts a 5-Zero and a date in the ultimate with RB Leipzig.
Yet it was the horrendous incident involving Morey that stole the headlines.
MADRE DE DIOS LO QUE LE ACABA DE PASAR A MATEU MOREY 😱😱 Ojalá sea lo menos posible pero tiene pinta de haberse destrozado la rodilla entera… pic.twitter.com/73GQurlKFs
— Forza Atleti (@Alberto1903_1) May 1, 2021
Ruled out of the match by injury and watching from the stands, golden boy Erling Haaland seemed away in horror as his teammate twisted his knee at a shuddering angle whereas stretching to regulate the ball.
“That didn’t look good,” admitted goalscorer Reus post-match to Ruhr Nachrichten.
“We have to wait and see what the investigations reveal.”
Ex-Liverpool star Emre Can vowed: “Of course we are happy about [getting to] the final, but Mateu’s injury seemed bad.
“We will assist him regardless of how lengthy he’s out. It hurts us all.”
Spain youth prospect Morey had been enjoying a breakthrough campaign at Dortmund, featuring in 23 games for them so far.
Brought on in the 62nd minute with the score already 5-0, his cameo lasted just 12 minutes when the grim accident ended his afternoon and season.
Stretchers were immediately called for Morey, who was replaced by Belgium international Thomas Meunier. Dortmund are unsure how long he will be back for.
Offering their support, Dortmund wrote on Twitter: “If there may be anybody who will give their all to come back again stronger, it is Mateu. We’re all with you.”
Haaland echoed the sentiment, sharing a photo of Instagram of himself with his close friend, adding: “Come again stronger.”
⚫️ Fur Dortmund nach Berlin 🟡 Gutted to have to miss the final, but I will be your biggest fan in the stands! I unfortunately have to undergo surgery and will be working hard to come back stronger. The road to recovery starts now! HEJA @bvb ⚫️🟡 pic.twitter.com/axmiP8nHrO
— Mateu Jaume (@mateujaume2) May 2, 2021
Taking to his own Twitter account, Morey posted a photo of himself smiling with thumbs and his feet up on Sunday afternoon.
“Gutted to must miss the ultimate however I shall be your greatest fan in the stands,” he said.
“I sadly must endure surgical procedure and shall be working arduous to come back again stronger. The highway to restoration begins now.”