By Ben Dinnery

28th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Injury expert salutes Newcastle star Willock as he 'puts everything on the line' to prove Bruce wrong

Joe Willock deserves plaudits for playing through the pain barrier for Newcastle United against Watford last Saturday.

That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Willock, a £25million summer signing from Arsenal, played 84 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road on 25 September.

That is despite Steve Bruce’s claims in his pre-match press conference that he would miss the clash with a toe injury.

The manager even said that the 22-year-old was “touch and go” for next weekend’s meeting Wolves, as per The Chronicle on 26 September.

Dinnery lauded the midfielder for his commitment to the cause despite his injury.

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“Fair play to Joe Willock,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s probably one of those circumstances where Willock is prepared to put everything on the line because of what’s happening at the club.

“He probably had his foot taped and may have had some kind of pain-killing injection to help him get through the game.

“We saw that happen with Dominic Calvert-Lewin earlier in the season when he played on with a toe injury.

“We don’t know the precise nature or the specifics of it. There may be some discomfort when striking the ball or when changing direction.

“A lot of these decisions are player-led. He will have sat down with the medical team, with Steve Bruce and talked about the risks versus the rewards.

“He has stood up and said he wants to do everything to try and help the team in a big game.”

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