'Shambolic without him', 'Sue the FA Cup' – Newcastle fans distraught after injury in clash v Luton
Newcastle United put Luton Town to the sword in the FA Cup, beating them 3-1 to go through to the next round of the competition.
Goals in the first half from Ayoze Perez and Jonjo Shelvey resigned the Hatters to their fate but it was the injury to Jamaal Lascelles that had the Magpies supporters talking about how they would fare without the England U21 international.
The Newcastle centre-back and captain picked up the worrying injury in the 31st minute and had to be substituted – he was replaced by Isaac Hayden.
Lascelles has made 17 appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side this season and has been an integral member of the Magpies backline.
Benitez selected a strong starting XI to face the League Two side, signalling the importance the competition has for the Spanish manager.
But he may now regret that decision in light of the injury to his defender.
Newcastle play Swansea City in the Premier League next Saturday, in a must-win game, and will hope to have the 24-year-old ready for action in their quest to gain maximum points against the Welsh side.
Here is a selection of tweets from concerned Newcastle fans:
Without Lascelles we go to pot
— Stuy_O (@Stuy_O) January 6, 2018
I worry about our defence without Lascelles #nufc
— Darren (@1986nufc_darren) January 6, 2018
Can't even defend against Luton without Lascelles ????
— matthew (@JB4t00n) January 6, 2018
Any news on Lascelles injury hope to god it's not a serious one hopefully he was brought off as a precaution #Nufc
— GTA-PREDATOR-NUFC (@prowe29195) January 6, 2018
Our defence is useless without Lascelles.
— tony (@T_NUFC) January 6, 2018
Lascelles goes off & our defence seems to go all to hell. No one directing them or talking to each other.#NUFC
— Paul Usher (@Paul_Usher1) January 6, 2018
We have absolutely no defensive discipline when we don't have Lascelles on the pitch, that really needs to be addressed #NUFC
— Mr Batistuta (@Angel_Batistuta) January 6, 2018
Praying Lascelles injury aint bad ???? ill sue the fa cup otherwise ????
— Leo Moreland (@leom1993) January 6, 2018
pray that Lascelles injury isn't serious. We are shambolic at the back without him. #NUFC
— K H A N – Z (@angryZK) January 6, 2018
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