He looked distraught – Burnley thoughts with Ashley Westwood after horror injury

Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood is facing a lengthy run after suffering a horrific injury that left some West Ham players on the verge of tears.

The 32-year-old suffered a suspected dislocation and broken ankle in the 1-1 draw at London Stadium following an innocuous challenge with Hammers striker Nikola Vlasic.

Declan Rice quickly alerted medics, while Vlasic and Aaron Cresswell looked distraught as they realized the severity of the injury.

Westwood received oxygen for nine minutes of treatment on the pitch before being placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital.

Ashley Westwood Gets Treatment On The Court

Ashley Westwood receives treatment in the field (Adam Davy/PA).

Clarets interim boss Mike Jackson said: “He went to the hospital and we are waiting for an update. We hope he is well, our thoughts are with him.

“You could see it wasn’t good from the reaction of the players. He seemed distressed, but fingers crossed, we hope he’s okay.

“When you see Declan Rice come up and say it’s not good, you know it’s not. The boy himself raised his hand and does not usually go down.

“It could be the end of their season, but here is a squad ready to play. Josh Brownhill came in and he’s done really well. They reacted well to that, they’re a good group.”

The shocking injury marred a fighting display from Burnley, who took the lead through a Wout Weghorst header moments after Westwood had left.

But Maxwel Cornet missed a penalty to double the lead in first-half stoppage time and instead they were held up by a shot from Tomas Soucek in the 74th minute.

Indeed, Burnley held on late, with goalkeeper Nick Pope denying Michail Antonio twice and making an impressive save to avoid Issa Diop’s header.

Jackson, the club’s Under-23 manager, said he still knew nothing about Burnley’s search for a new manager following Sean Dyche’s surprising departure.

“I haven’t looked further than today,” he added. “But I have seen a lot of this group, I know what they are like. Sometimes you need a little foundation to build on and hopefully that comes from today.

“Everyone has joined. We’ll have a make-up day tomorrow and go from there. But my thoughts now are about taking the bus and going home.

David Moyes

David Moyes was disappointed to see the points drop on his side (Adam Davy/PA).

“When it is ready, I am sure that the board and the president will give the information that the supporters want. But the priority is the next game.”

David Moyes was frustrated after West Ham, hot on the heels of their Europa League exploits at Lyon, failed to make the most of Saturday’s defeats to Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish.

The Hammers coach said: “Today was a great opportunity for us and we didn’t take it.

“Before the injury we had a bit of rhythm and we were a better team. But that got us out of it again.

“We gave away a free kick and then a corner that they scored. It wasn’t very good of us. Will it be a good point at the end of the season? Do not.”

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