It was quite a 24 hours for Ryan Law. First, the Plymouth Argyle wing-back was told he would be offered a new contract by the Pilgrims on Friday.
Then, the 22-year-old received a late call-up to the Argyle team for the crunch League One clash against Oxford United the following afternoon when Steven Sessegnon failed a fitness test.
Sessegnon had been set to play at left wing-back in the continued absence of the injured Conor Grant but was also ruled out.
An ankle injury to Sessegnon meant that Law made only his second league start of the season but the academy graduate made the most of it.
His deep cross in the 56th minute led to skipper Joe Edwards scoring the only goal of the game with a well-taken volley.
Manager Steven Schumacher said: "Ryan Law got a phone call at half-11 today saying Steven Sessegnon failed a fitness test after he got a kick on his ankle yesterday in training.
"It was an innocuous one but he woke up this morning and it was too stiff. He couldn't really run properly. So he (Law) is in, he's not fazed by it, he knows his role and responsibilities.
"Everyone is told when we are training you have got to listen, you have got to take on board the information because things can happen quick in football.
"Romoney (Crichlow) last week away at Ipswich was on after 20 minutes and knew exactly what he was doing. So did Lawsy today - outstanding."
Law has made six starts and 14 substitute appearances in all competitions this season, and scored two goals.
Schumacher said: "Me and Nance (coach Kevin Nancekivell) sat down with Ryan yesterday in the cabin and told him we would be offering him a new contract for next season, which he was real pleased about.
"I said to him 'I know you might be a bit disappointed at the moment you are not in the team, with Conor injured, but I just feel Sess is a bit more experienced.'
"Nance told him you never know when you are going to be needed so keep training hard, keep working, keep improving.
"Twelve hours later he's in the team, that's how it works. Hopefully we can get his contract details sorted out next week and he will be made up."
Grant and Sessegnon were two of five players ruled out by injuries against Oxford, in addition to long-term absentees George Cooper and Brendan Galloway.
Also missing were 19-goal top scorer Ryan Hardie and midfielder Alfie Lewis (both thigh) and defender James Bolton (ankle).
The Argyle squad was so stretched that 17-year-old defender Oscar Halls and Freddie Issaka, 15, were both named among the substitutes, although they were not called upon.
Taken from Plymouthlive