DARYL Janmaat played through the pain barrier for Newcastle United in the Wear-Tyne derby.
The defender pulled up in the warm-up yesterday with a calf problem.
Janmaat was given treatment in the dressing room before the game.
And the makeshift centre-half re-emerged from the tunnel to play against Sunderland, who won 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Jermain Defoe.
Head coach John Carver – whose squad has been decimated by injuries and suspensions – revealed after the game that Janmaat could have a “slight tear” in his calf.
Carver said: “We came in after the warm-up and Daryl Janmaat had a calf problem and might have a slight tear in his calf.
We came in after the warm-up and Daryl Janmaat had a calf problem and might have a slight tear in his calf.John Carver
“Thankfully, he got through 90 minutes, but that was what I had to deal with going into the game.”
Janmaat’s injury will be assessed by the club’s doctor ahead of the game against Liverpool at Anfield a week today.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini has another game of his three-match ban for his dismissal at Everton to serve, and Carver does not have any more senior defenders available to him.
Next in line is teenager Lubomir Satka, who has made just one substitute appearance for United.