Paul Lambert is hoping Joe Bennett’s injury is not as severe as first feared after the left-back received stitches in a leg wound. Bennett left the field on a stretcher 11 minutes from time. The former Middlesbrough defender sustained a horrendous-looking gash just below his right knee following a tangle with Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.
Bennett careered off the pitch across the tarmac and ended up in the advertising hoardings. He has the two-week international break to recover, but is still a major doubt for the trip to Fulham a week on Saturday. “He went off to hospital after the game to get some stitches,” confirmed Lambert. “It was a pretty nasty cut. It’s a gash on his right leg. I don’t know if it was a stud or he crashed into the advertising hoarding. I’m not sure what has happened with that.” [Eh?]
Birmingham Mail [edited]