Newcastle midfielder Peter Lovenkrands was taken off the field just before half time in the game on Saturday, and was then rushed to hospital with breathing apparatus assisting him, after collapsing in agony following a collision with Florent Malouda.
Peter Lovenkrands – kept in hospital overnight for observation
The 29-year-old Dane was hurt when Florent Malouda appeared to catch him accidentally in the back with an elbow, as the two players were challenging for a ball.
Lovenkrands received extensive treatment on the pitch, as the game was held up for several minutes, and then was replaced by Damien Duff, and carried around the pitch on a stretcher to warm applause from the sell-out crowd.
Pete has been as lively as any of our forwards in recent games. which admittedly is not saying too much, but his threat is that he can put the ball in the back of the net, unlike his wing partner Jonas Gutierrez.
Manager Alan Shearer later said that Peter’s breathing and condition had been stabilized in hospital:
“He got a very, very nasty knock on his back and he was actually struggling to breathe.”
“They had to put the breathing apparatus on when he got into the dressing room.”
“Thankfully, he went off to hospital and they have now stabilized him and hopefully, he will be okay.”
The most important thing we have to be concerned with is the players’ health first and foremost, and from the news on Sunday, he seems to be OK.
Maybe with a couple days off to recover, he can then resume training, but that’s assuming it’s just bruising in the back, and we would look for an update some time today on Peter.
We have a sneaking suspicion that Alan can get the best out of the Danish International in the remaining games this season, as Peter tries his very best to get a contract extension in the summer.