Carlo Cudicini's motorbike accident yesterday took Tottenham officials by surprise - in more ways than one.
The Times says senior officials at Tottenham Hotspur were unaware that Cudicini owned a high-performance motorcycle until the goalkeeper came off it yesterday morning, receiving "possible life-changing" injuries.
Cudicini, 36, fractured both wrists and received pelvic damage when his BMW superbike collided with a Ford Fiesta in Walthamstow, east London. Once Tottenham have established the full extent of the injuries, they will have to decide whether he was in breach of his contract when he received them.
Naturally, the club's immediate concern was for their player's welfare. Yesterday evening he had been transferred to a private hospital for further assessment and was described as "stable" by a club spokesman.
"We're all sorry to hear what happened," Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, said. "We're relieved that the injuries weren't more serious. Everyone at the club sends their best wishes for his recovery."
A breach of contract could affect any insurance claim should Cudicini's injuries prove career-ending.