Some quick thinking from a Georgia player could have saved Robbie Brady from an even more serious injury
Ireland eked out a vital 1-0 win in a dour encounter with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday night, but the result was marred somewhat by the injury to star midfielder Robbie Brady.
The Norwich dangerman was forced off midway through the second half after a particularly nasty clash of heads with Solomon Kverkvelia that left Brady prone on the turf and blood streaming from the Georgian's head.
The Georgia defender was able to continue, albeit heavily bandaged, while Brady was taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Glenn Whelan.
After the incident, another Georgia defender, Guram Kashia, put Brady in the recovery position along with some Irish team-mates while waiting for the medical staff to take the field.
Such an act could have prevented Brady's tongue from blocking his airways following the brutal collision that knocked him to the turf.
It was a small gesture, but one that didn't go unnoticed in the heat of battle.