Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo

Darren Bent admits he is fearing the worse after the worrying sight of Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark on crutches after the defeat to Arsenal.

The former Aston Villa and England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that his old teammate is not one to take such measures without it being a potentially serious issue.

Speaking after the game, Bruce confirmed that the Republic of Ireland defender had left the Emirates Stadium on crutches, admitting he knows it is likely to be a bad injury for the centre-back.

Bent says that it is always concerning when someone like the 30-year-old feels the need to take precautions, insisting he would try walk it off if he felt he could.

Bent told Football Insider: “I think Ciaran Clark, he’s going to be a big, big miss. You hope his ankle injury is not too bad but for someone like him, to leave the stadium in a ankle boot, you fear the worse.

“He’s not really somebody, unless it’s bad, he’d just try and get through it. I like Clarky a lot, I was with him at Aston Villa and he was one of those guys in training where you were just like: ‘Oh my god, will you just give me a break?’

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“He just never wanted to concede any goals, he wanted to put his body on the line. As a pure defender, he’s one of the very, very best. He likes defending, he likes putting his body on the line, likes the ball hitting him in the face.” 

Clark has played 17 times for Newcastle this season, including starting the last five Premier League games.

Bruce also has the likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar at his disposal at the heart of the defence.

In other Newcastle United news, Alex Bruce has told Football Insider the three players who are letting his father down.