Chelsea captain John Terry was taken to hospital in Cardiff after being stretchered off in the Carling Cup final with a sickening head injury but returned to the Millennium Stadium to celebrate the 2-1 victory over Arsenal with his team-mates.
The Blues and England skipper required lengthy treatment in the Arsenal penalty area after being accidentally kicked in the head by Abou Diaby in the 56th minute of a pulsating final.
A conscious Terry was stretchered off in a neck brace and immediately taken to hospital but was released and later returned to the stadium.
Chelsea went on to win the game and Didier Drogba, who scored both the Blues' goals, admitted the victory was soured by the injury to Terry.
"We won and we're happy because we've got the cup but we are also scared because we don't know what to expect when we saw JT on the floor," he told Sky Sports.
"I think more about JT than the cup.
"It is difficult because he was one metre away from me (when it happened).
"We saw his character and this is why he is our captain and why he is the best."