Rochdale boss Keith Hill hailed Anthony Pilkington after the winger suffered a serious injury in Huddersfield's 2-1 win.
Terriers skipper Peter Clarke and several Dale players comforted Pilkington as he received treatment on the Galpharm Stadium pitch before being rushed to hospital. Pilkington suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula and will have an operation on Thursday.
Earlier, Benik Afobe finished neatly from close range and Gary Roberts produced an exquisite chip before Gary Jones hit a late reply for Dale in Tuesday night's League One encounter.
Hill said: "The result of a football match doesn't matter when a player gets injured like that. It's a tragedy.
"It was a fair and even challenge. What's happened has been a shock to the system. Players were in tears.
"Anthony is an exceptionally talented footballer with a big future in the game. We wish him a speedy and full recovery."