Relegation-threatened Burnley drew 1-1 against West Ham in their first encounter following manager Sean Dyche’s surprising resignation, but Ashley Westwood suffered a serious injury on Sunday.
As he fought for the ball with Nikola Vlasic, the Burnley midfielder’s leg seemed to collapse under him.
A stretcher and oxygen were promptly deployed, while Vlasic and Aaron Cresswell, who were closest to the tragedy, were disturbed and needed to be consoled by colleagues.
While Westwood was being treated, there was a nine-minute wait. Wout Weghorst leaped above Tomas Soucek to head home the rebound after Jay Rodriguez’s effort bounced back against the crossbar in the 33rd minute, sparking quiet celebrations for Burnley. Weghorst supported Westwood by pointing to the bench.
Burnley could have increased its advantage after goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski hauled down Maxwel Cornet. However, after regaining his composure, Cornet missed Burnley’s first penalty of the season.
Soucek then tied the score in the 74th minute when he bundled Manuel Lanzini’s free-kick in with his shoulder.
West Ham came close to scoring three times but were stopped by goalkeeper Nick Pope, who turned Michail Antonio’s ferocious drive over, blocked Issa Diop’s header, and denied Antonio again in a one-on-one.
Burnley, currently led by under-23 coach Mike Jackson after Dyche’s dismissal, is now three points behind Everton, who is in 17th position and narrowly above the relegation zone. Everton has played one fewer match.
West Ham, who advanced to the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, is now sixth in the table.