Joelinton suffers horror injury with bone popping out of leg as Newcastle star is stretchered off against Burnley
NEWCASTLE UNITED star Joelinton suffered a horror injury to end his stunning campaign as he was carried off on a stretcher at Burnley.
But it was the Clarets who were left reeling on full-time as they were relegated to the Championship after a 2-1 Toon win.
The game was just nine minutes old when Newcastle fan-favourite Joelinton went up for a header with a Burnley player.
While his opponent emerged unscathed, medics quickly raced on to the pitch to attend Joelinton after he landed awkwardly.
The star, who has been converted into a midfielder over the past few months, was down for several minutes.
And then a stretcher was brought on to carry him off the pitch which forced Newcastle into an early change.
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He was replaced by substitute Jacob Murphy.
Fortunately for the Magpies the scary incident failed to knock them out of their stride.
They took the lead just over ten minutes later as Callum Wilson converted a penalty.
Wilson then hit another after the break to double their lead before a Maxwell Cornet consolation strike for the hosts.
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Boss Eddie Howe provided an update afterwards, confirming his injury was serious.
He said: "It didn’t look good. I thought ‘this could be serious’. I think the doctor, initially when he saw him, could see part of his bone, so I think it was quite deep.
"We knew immediately we had to withdraw him, but he’s in good spirits."
Joelinton’s struggles in front of goal after his arrival from Hoffenheim, with just six strikes in 69 Premier League appearances, led to much ridicule.
But he has shone this term after reinventing himself as a midfielder, leading to his displays being recognised earlier in the week as he was named the club’s star performer of the campaign.
He said afterwards: “I'm delighted and very happy to win this award. Thank you to the fans, the players and the staff for helping me, and all my family and friends. Thank you.
“It has been a great season for me. Many things have happened, but I'm very happy to help the team and help the team stay in the Premier League. Hopefully next season will be even better.”
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