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Magpies fear serious Lejeune injury

7th April 2019, 06:16 by Michael Holland

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune is facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace.

Luka Milivojevic fired Crystal Palace to a 1-0 win as he beat Martin Dubravka from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining, after Wilfried Zaha had been tripped by DeAndre Yedlin

Rafael Benitez's pain was compounded by the loss of defender Lejeune to a potentially serious injury to his left knee, just three months after his return from cruciate ligament damage to the right.

The Newcastle boss said: "It seems bad. It's the other knee but it seems bad, so we have to wait and see what the doctor says tomorrow.

"I was talking with him. Obviously he was disappointed and asking the doctor. We need to assess him tomorrow but it seems bad."

Meanwhile, Benitez admitted his side's failings in front of goal had cost them, but was as disappointed by the way they were caught on the counter-attack as Zaha won the decisive penalty.

Benitez said: "I think we did enough to deserve three points. We had chances, we were attacking, we were controlling them for a while. We knew that they were dangerous on the counter-attack, but we had control of the game in everything, and we made a mistake and we paid for that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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