Newcastle United boss slams Chelsea star - 'horrible' incident could rule key man out v Luton Town

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A tackle from Chelsea midfielder Moises Caicedo injured Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has slammed Chelsea star Moises Caicedo for his tackle on Anthony Gordon, which could see the winger miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Luton Town.

Caicedo was shown a yellow card for dragging his studs down Gordon's calf just two minutes into Tuesday's Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, which the Blues won 4-2 on penalties.

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Gordon tried to continue but eventually withdrew just after half-time. Howe revealed his "disappointment" at the "horrible" tackle with the winger a doubt for the visit to Kenilworth Road.

Moises Caicedo of Chelsea is challenged by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Moises Caicedo of Chelsea is challenged by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Moises Caicedo of Chelsea is challenged by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Asked about Gordon and Emil Krafth, who sustained a gash on his shin from a challenge with Levi Colwill, Howe said: “We’re going to see how they are this morning.

"Anthony was sore, it was a horrible challenge on him I thought having reviewed it. Really disappointed with the tackle. He’s sore but we’ll see how he is today, hopefully, he’ll improve quickly.

"Emil had a really nasty cut on his shin which went quite deep. It required stitches, so he’s quite sore as well.” 

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Reacting to the challenge on Gordon after the game, former Premier League and FIFA referee Keith Hackett said on X: "Clear red should be off."

Howe added: "You never know whether those decisions are intentional or in-game accidents that happen. Whether anger is the right word I don’t know, but disappointed in the type of challenges that ended up in us missing those two players. It is part of the game and we have to get on with it."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville also thought it was a recard.

Caicedo, who joined from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer for £115million, was cautioned by referee Jarred Gillett but with no VAR in action, there was no option to review the decision.

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