Aleksandar Mitrovic was injured as Newcastle scored from a corner after only five minutes at St Andrew’s.
The Serbian striker left lying prone on the ground as Daryl Murphy celebrated his first goal for Newcastle United.
The United forward looked in agony and was given oxygen on the pitch before being stretchered off.
The consensus of watching Newcastle fans being that it would be now next season before Newcastle’s number 45 would be back in action.
However, after the final whistle, Rafa Benitez revealed that it was actually a cut and not a break or ligament damage, though he was waiting for news from the hospital.
Mitrovic was later photographed arriving back at St Andrew’s on crutches with then claims that he had been told to rest for 10 days before then the injury being looked at again.
It may have been ‘just’ a cut but the Serbian media have published a photo of the injury (see below) and no wonder Mitrovic needed oxygen!
Sport Blic published this image and also spoke to the player, with Mitrovic saying that the initial diagnosis is that he won’t be seen on a football pitch for at least three or four weeks.
However, he does also have a word of warning, saying that the injury is going to be monitored to make ‘sure that there is no damage to the knee’.
Yoan Gouffran replaced Mitrovic and United went on to draw 1-1 with Birmingham.
The replay is at St James Park on Wednesday 18 January and fans will find out who NUFC could potentially face in the fourth round, when the draw is made on Monday (9 January) night.
Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to Sport Blic:
“The cut is major but I feel good.
“Thank God it looks like the ligaments and knee are fine and that they were not killed off.
“However, I expect additional examinations, we have to be sure that there is no damage to the knee.
“The first forecasts are that I will not be on the pitch for three or four weeks.
“The cut is just in an inconvenient spot.”