Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere were left nursing more than just wounded pride after West Ham’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
The pair have quickly struck up something of a bromance ever since Wilshere rocked up at the Olympic Stadium earlier this summer.
But any bromantic feelings would have been far from their minds during a tough afternoon against Jurgen Klopp’s free-flowing Liverpool side.
Not only did they on the losing side, the midfield pair also came perilously close to losing an altogether different type of pair, if you catch our drift.
In the space of just a couple of seconds both Noble and Wilshere suffered painful low blows. If you didn’t laugh you’d cry. With laughter.
Already 3-0 down in the 65th minute at Anfield, the duo fell victim to two hammer-like strikes.
Wilshere was the first to go down, after getting in the way of James Milner’s free-kick on the edge of the West Ham area.
It sent the former Arsenal man sprawling to the ground, clutching his crown jewels.
Noble followed soon after, having put his body – and his bollocks – on the line to prevent Mohamed Salah scoring from the rebound.
With both players stricken on the pitch, referee Anthony Taylor had little choice but to stop play.
Thankfully, there were no serious head injuries as a result. Just a lot of grimacing.
But the ball, their groins. It works on so many levels.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.