Steve Bruce reveals Joelinton fear after FA Cup injury

Steve Bruce has reacted after losing his only fit striker to injury.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 5:00 am

Joelinton was forced off after scoring against Oxford United at Kassam Stadium last night – and Bruce fears that he has damaged a rib.

“We missed a bit of a focal point when Joe went off, and that sums our luck up,” said head coach Bruce. “He makes one, scores one, and then he has to come off. Let’s hope he hasn’t cracked a rib or damaged a rib. We’ll have to see.”

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Allan Saint-Maximin scored a 116th-minute injury-time winner for Newcastle, who were pegged back after leading 2-0. Bruce said: “If there was ever an FA Cup game to grab a hold of you, then this was probably it. I thought, overall, the better team won the cup tie.”

Joelinton leaves the pitch.