A Boxing Match Would Have Been Stopped

Last updated : 27 January 2020 By Footy Mad - Editor

Newcastle United player Joelinton had to receive treatment for a nasty cut he suffered in the 0-0 draw against Oxford United in the FA Cup fourth round tie at St James' Park.

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Joelinton suffered a 'nasty cut' that required eight stitches - and Steve Bruce believes the fight 'might have been stopped' if the Newcastle United player was a boxer.

The Brazilian and U's defender Rob Dickie had to be bandaged up following a clash of heads in the early stages of the FA Cup fourth-round tie at St James' Park.

Joelinton, who had two goals disallowed and fired over late on, had to receive further treatment on the touchline on a couple of occasions during the second half after the cut reopened again.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson was pleased with how his young defenders dealt with 'a very physical No.9' and Joelinton will certainly be left with a lasting reminder of the 0-0 draw.

“He (Joelinton) got the big chance and we were hoping he could be the hero," Bruce told reporters after the game.

"He’s got a nasty cut. He’s had to come off the pitch four or five times for a little speck of blood.

"I don’t think I would have been on the pitch if that had been the rule in my day. He kept going. It’s a nasty cut – if he had been a boxer, I think it might have been stopped. It’s got eight stitches in it. It’s a nasty one.

"As soon as a little speck of blood came on the shirt, off it comes, more Vaseline, more tape. He’s gone through five shirts today I think."