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Nikola Vlasic in tears as Ashley Westwood stretchered off with nasty injury

Burnley star Ashley Westwood was stretchered off from the London Stadium pitch after suffering what looked like a nasty injury.

Westwood was involved in a collision with West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlasic midway through the first half and there was immediate concern.

Vlasic was in tears and had to be consoled by his Hammers teammates, most notably captain Declan Rice.

Aaron Cresswell was also visibly upset as Westwood was attended to by the medical teams.

There was a long delay in play while the Burnley ace was put on a stretcher and given oxygen.

Early reports suggest it was a nasty leg injury that the midfielder suffered.

He was given a round of applause by the crowd at the London Stadium as he was taken off the pitch.

Moments after Westwood was taken off, Burnley opened the scoring through striker Wout Weghorst.

The forward managed to bundle the ball into the back of the net and there were muted celebrations with the players still reeling from the injury to their teammate.

Westwood is understood to have a suspected dislocation and fracture to his ankle and has been sent to hospital.

His teammate Pope was asked post-match about the midfielder’s injury, and the keeper stated that whilst he had no news, his teammates were all thinking of him.

“Yeah, it’s obviously something myself and the boys and everyone at the club will be wishing him the best and we’ll speak to him in a couple of minutes.

“I’ve got no news on it but obviously sending my love to him.”

He continued: “Westy [Westwood] is a big part of how we play and a big character in the dressing room. Someone who’s been a top, top player for us over the years.

“So to see that happen to anyone isn’t great, but for it to happen to Ashley is probably extra difficult, so another good reason why it’s [today’s score] a good point.”