Stephen Ireland's partner has been badly hurt in a car crash, it has emerged.
The soccer star is today maintaining a bedside vigil in hospital for injured Jessica Lawlor.
The beautiful mum (25), who grew up in Cork, was returning home after a night out when the Audi driven by a pal crashed into a tree.
Jessica, who was a front seat passenger in the car, suffered multiple injuries.
Her midfielder partner, who's on loan from Aston Villa to Newcastle United, is said to be "devastated".