Medical expert reveals Newcastle 'fears' after grizzly Joelinton injury - 'You could see bone'
The Newcastle United medical team were right to recommend that Joelinton be taken off after his gruesome injury at Burnley last Sunday (22 May).
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Joelinton, 25, was stretchered off with a deep laceration 10 minutes into the eventual 2-1 win at Turf Moor.
He was later seen boarding the team coach wearing a protective boot.
Eddie Howe revealed that the team doctor “could see part of his bone”, as quoted by The Athletic after the match.
Dinnery suggests that the medical staff initially feared that the wound could cause structural damage, although the player’s setback is only minor.
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“It was an impact injury on the top of the foot, an area that has very little padding or protection,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The on-field doctor made the assessment. You could see the bone in there. The fear when something like that happens is damage to nerves, arteries or tendons.
“So, it was the right decision to remove him and take a closer look. It looks as if it wasn’t too sinister. He himself was in high spirits after the game.
“It’s been stitched up and I’m not aware of any further problems. At the end of the season, it came at a good time. He has plenty of time.”
Joelinton, who has this season been converted from a striker to a midfielder, scored four times in 37 appearances this term.
Newcastle’s victory over Burnley confirmed an 11th-place finish.