Newcastle boss Alan Pardew relieved after Yoan Gouffran scare

INJURY SCARE ... Medical staff attend to Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane.
INJURY SCARE ... Medical staff attend to Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane.

ALAN Pardew’s told of his relief after Yoan Gouffran escaped a broken leg at White Hart Lane.

The forward – who scored Newcastle United’s goal in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur – was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Gouffran was left with a deep gash to his shin by Kyle Walker, who followed through on a clearance.

And the 26-year-old – who cancelled out Gareth’s Bale’s early opener with a deflected shot in the 24th minute – was sent to a London hospital for a precautionary X-ray after the game.

The visit confirmed that Gouffran – who had been an influential player on the pitch before his 57th-minute withdrawal – hadn’t suffered a break.

The score was 1-1 when Gouffran left the field, and United manager Pardew felt the injury had an influence on the outcome of the Premier League game.

“I thought it was difficult – him not finishing the game caused us a problem,” Pardew told SportMail.

“Gouffran’s injury was a big blow – I thought it changed the game a little bit.

“We had less threat when he was off the pitch. He’s been a real highlight the last three games.”

“But, having said that, it’s not as serious as it could be. He’s got a gash. He looked less sore in the changing room, the doc said. We sent him for an X-ray.”

A statement issued by the club on Saturday evening read: “Newcastle United are pleased to report that a precautionary X-ray has shown that Yoan Gouffran has not broken his leg.

“Gouffran will be further assessed by the club’s medical staff.”

Gouffran signed for Newcastle from Bordeaux last month after a move for Loic Remy broke down. His strike against Tottenham was his first for the club.