During the 2-2 Europa League draw with FC Basel, Tottenham Hotspur fans saw both Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale limp off the field of play or stretchered off the pitch, respectively, in a sight that left lumps in the throats of supporters in the clubs' quest to secure continental glory and a top four finish.
Arguably two of Spurs' most important players sidelined once again could only prove detrimental in the business end of the the campaign, with Andre Villas-Boas' side still well within the hunt, alongside Arsenal and Chelsea, to deliver Champions League football to White Hart Lane next season.
The impact of the duo, Lennon in particular, has been highlighted over recent weeks. Spurs succumbed to defeats to Liverpool and Fulham and hobbled into the quarter final of the Europa League without the pint sized winger on the pitch.
Now, without either winger, the club lack the natural width that has made them such an attacking threat across the campaign. Granted, Gylfi Sigurdsson has filled well on the left flank, with his cutting in aiding in Emmanuel Adebayor's opener having it allowed for Jan Vertonghen to overlap and put the ball into the 18 yard box.
However, the need for a natural balance pushing forward is needed and could easily have been provided through Andros Townsend. The 21-year-old is currently on loan with Queen's Park Rangers and has been impressing his peers with a number of excellent performances, including a superb showing during the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The loan spell at Loftus Road will be beneficial to the youngster in the long term, but Spurs could fully utilise a player of his capabilities right about now. Against Everton, for example, with the pitch narrow and play focused through the centre, a player of Townsend's ilk could well benefit the club in their push for a top four berth.
His impact and ability to swing the game back in the favour of his side was noticeable during Spurs' 1-0 win over Swansea City back in December, as his 72nd minute introduction allowed Villas-Boas' side to stretch the Swans prior to Jan Vertonghen's 75th minute winner in the encounter.
Either way, with the need to inject the extra bit of quality to ensure Spurs finish the season strongly, Townsend could well have provided that and it's just a shame that he can't be recalled from his loan spell with QPR early as a result. However, the added playing time will only benefit the winger in the long run and it can be expected that he will play a more predominant role in north London next year.