It has been an injured plagued season thus far for Andy Carroll. But all football matters for him mean for a moment after the harrowing ordeal he faced Wednesday afternoon.
The West Ham forward was allegedly held at gunpoint after the team's training session for their home game vs Stoke City, according to Sky Sports News. The club was notified of the situation shortly afterwards and issued a statement.
"West Ham can confirm an incident targeting one of our players on Wednesday, November 2," the statement read. "The matter is now being handled by the police."
Carroll has yet to release a statement himself, or post on any of his social media profiles about the frightening incident. The forward returned to first team training last week, as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered in the Europa League playoff tie against Astra Giurgiu in August.
But those details about training and seeing when he would return to action are all irrelevant at this point. What matters most now is that he's alive and well.
Because there have been so many others around the world who, unlike Carroll, did not make it out alive in similar situations.