An update on the two Newcastle injured players, Ryan Taylor and Leon Best after the game, is that the prognosis will not be fully known for a day or two.
Ryan Taylor – tumbles over after tackle with Stephen Warner
The loose ball went to Demba Ba who smashed it into the net
Ryan Taylor was stretchered off after Demba Ba had scored Newcastle’s first goal after 30 minutes, and his right leg was put into a leg brace as a safety-first procedure, before leaving the pitch.
Ryan was taken to hospital and had an Xray, and the good news is the leg is not broken, but there is a huge swelling on his right ankle, so it may take a day or two to know exactly how bad that injury is to the versatile Newcastle player, once the swelling subsides.
And Leon Best was taken off with a knee injury after just 12 minutes, and it seems he has some medial ligament damage, so that doesn’t sound too good, but exactly how bad it is, the Newcastle medics don’t know yet.
But there are reports that the Ireland striker could be out for up to six weeks, as both Leon and Ryan were involved in tackles with Stephen Warnock, the Aston Villa left back, which caused the injuries to the Newcastle players.
Stephen Warnock got into difficulty himself, after a clash of heads in the first half, but after several minutes of treatment, was able to carry on.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said to the BBC after the game:
“I think Leon is okay,” “He’s hurt his medial ligament but we’re hoping he’s going to be okay.”
“Ryan has had an X-ray and there’s no breaks there, but a big swelling on his ankle.”
“So we’re hoping he’s okay because he’s had a fantastic season for us, he really has.”
We’ll have to wait and see what the later news is on both Newcastle players, but it could take a day or two.