DeAndre Yedlin left Newcastle’s Premier League-opening 2-1 loss to Tottenham in stoppage time with what looked like a potentially serious knee injury.
The U.S. men’s national team’s starting right back suffered the injury while challenging Ben Davies for a ball in the right corner in the 90th minute. He got a touch, but landed awkwardly when he planted his right leg. His knee appeared to hyperextend:
Yedlin was attended to by Newcastle’s trainer, who performed various manual tests on the right knee. Newcastle had no substitutes remaining, but Yedlin could not return.
He did walk off the field, but with help from the trainer, and with a heavy limp. He was later shown walking gingerly up the stairs in the St. James’ Park tunnel, one by one, with his arm around a member of Newcastle’s staff.
Sky cutting to DeAndre Yedlin hobbling up the tunnel like it's backstage at a WWE pay-per-view. pic.twitter.com/RCVELhZkhH
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He later reportedly left the stadium on crutches.
Yedlin started the game and would have gone the full 90. He has established himself as Newcastle’s starting right back, appearing in 34 of 38 Premier League games in 2017-18. The injury, if serious, would be a major blow for the player, his club, and his national team.
“It’s too early to know,” Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said after the match. “We have to wait for the doctor to assess and decide.”
This story will be updated when details on the severity of Yedlin’s injury are known.
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