SPORTING KANSAS 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

IT was a sobering sight.

An ambulance, its lights on, quickly sped away from the Livestrong Sporting Park.

And it was clear that Hatem Ben Arfa was inside, the player having left the pitch minutes earlier on a stretcher.

There are injury scares, and there are proper injury scares.

And last night’s falls into the latter category.

About the last thing the Newcastle United fans who turned up to see the club take on Sporting Kansas City wanted to see was Ben Arfa being carried off the field.

After all, the talented winger, the player on whose shoulders rests so much attacking weight, has only just fought back from a horrific leg break nine months ago.

Read Miles Starforth’s full report in today’s Mail.