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Newcastle: Craig Hope left baffled after what Eddie Howe admitted on Sunday

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has admitted he should have withdrawn Bruno Guimaraes before half-time at the weekend.

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The Toon were made to work hard on Sunday to earn all three points late on in the game against Fulham at St. James’ Park which gave them a five-point cushion on fifth place.

But the victory will be overshadowed by the injury issue facing their Brazilian midfielder who was withdrawn by Howe during the break.

Guimaraes appeared to roll his ankle in the first half and despite receiving medical treatment and seemingly struggling to run at times, he played until half-time.

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However, after the game, Howe shared his concerns about the injury, and Craig Hope has claimed the manager is regretful he didn’t take actions into his own hands and withdraw the 25-year-old:

“We’ve just come from Eddie’s press conference. The injury to Bruno Guimaraes, now quite why he played on for five minutes, you know, before half-time when he was clearly struggling. Quite why he played on after the initial injury, I’m not entirely sure, but Eddie admitted that sort of 5-10 minutes before half-time maybe, maybe he should have taken him off.”

Big blow for Bruno

It was apparent the midfielder was left upset over his injury concern when the players were leaving the pitch for the break with the Brazilian fighting back the tears as he headed for the tunnel.

And it is apparent this could be a major blow for the Toon if he is to face time on the sidelines given he has played such a big role under Howe since arriving last January.

The midfielder has already missed three league games this season through a separate injury issue, however, in those three games, the Magpies failed to pick up a single win.

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They tasted defeat against Liverpool and drew against both Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers. With Champions League football on the line, they will hope this is not a sign of things to come.

But there has to be some blame pointed at Howe over the situation. The incident didn’t look good at all when he went over on his ankle and it was apparent he was not quite right in the minutes after.

Yet he was allowed to play on and, in turn, has potentially made the injury even worse.

Although we can understand Howe’s possible thinking in allowing him to test it out until half-time, it does seem as if it is a decision which has backfired.

After the game, the midfielder was spotted leaving the stadium with a protective boot and crutches which will have all Newcastle fans hoping for the best in the days to come.