Newcastle star under the microscope after confirmed season-ending bombshell v Huddersfield
Newcastle United may well have been counting their lucky stars after pulling off a narrow victory against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The two relegation rivals went into the clash at St James’ Park both looking for the three points to pull them away from the battle for survival and up the table, and it appeared as though the home side’s profligacy, Dwight Gayle the primary culprit, would cost Rafael Benitez and his men.
Thankfully they found the breakthrough, a cross missing Islam Slimani’s head to fall at the feet of Kenedy, and the Brazilian had the presence of mind to feed the ball into the path of Ayoze Perez to stab home.
While the Newcastle fans were cheering, the visiting Huddersfield faithful would have been feeling pretty aggrieved to see Kenedy still on the pitch to provide the assist.
The 22-year-old was at the centre of controversy during the second half, his lunging tackle leaving the Terriers’ Elias Kachunga floored, and despite his efforts to run off the blow after extensive medical attention, he was forced off minutes later.
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Replays showed that the tackle was high and with his studs showing, and there have been sending offs in the Premier League for much less.
Now Huddersfield have confirmed via their official website the major bombshell that the damage done by Kenedy has been season-ending for their man, scans revealing ligament damage.
The Brazilian winger is not malicious, but he is feisty, and this was one occasion on which he allowed that to fall on the wrong side of the law.
Luckily for Newcastle the officials took no action but it could – and perhaps should – have been worse.
Still, he can now expect himself to be under the microscope of both the opposition and the officials for the rest of the season, and must keep himself safe with his decisions on the pitch.
In other Newcastle United news, the club must snap up a cut-price deal for a £35million-rated, 21-goal striker.