Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed suddenly last night in the latest episode of his long history of fainting, as Tottenham's victory was interrupted for five minutes to deal with the medical emergency.
The Frenchman has endured several such episodes before, including three at Lyon in 2009 and another at a national team training camp, and worry was etched across the faces of team-mates and opponents alike as he received treatment in the centre circle.
"He is fine. Coming off the pitch he was fine, talking and he actually wanted to stay on the pitch," said his boss Garry Monk, although the alarm immediately after he fainted was palpable.
TV cameras used long-distance shots out of concern for the 29-year-old, who lay prone in almost exactly the same area of the Tottenham pitch where Fabrice Muamba, a little under three years ago, suffered a cardiac arrest.
Spurs had just taken a seventh-minute lead through Nacer Chadli when the Frenchman, apparently under no contact from any player nearby, fell to the ground. Gomis has fainted several times before in his career and Swansea confirmed they have been mindful of his condition.
The drama overshadowed an impressive triumph for Tottenham, who rebounded admirably from the dismay of defeat against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final. After Ki had equalised for Swansea on 19 minutes, Ryan Mason grabbed the lead again after the break, while Andros Townsend turned on the afterburners to glorious effect for Spurs' third. That ought to have been the coup de grace, but Swansea had other ideas. With only a minute left on the clock, Sigurdsson, making his return to Tottenham, turned the ball home. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
They have seen this script before at Manchester City, so an edgy, error-strewn victory over relegation-haunted Leicester will quickly be forgotten if it proves a launch pad for another late season surge to the title.