"Our thoughts are with Ash" - Jackson on Westwood's horror injury

Mike Jackson isn’t certain of the extent of Ashley Westwood’s injury, after the midfielder was stretchered off in agony in the first half at West Ham.

Westwood immediately held his hands up and shouted for medical assistance after a challenge with Nikola Vlasic, who was blameless in the incident.

And after a lengthy stoppage, the former Aston Villa man was taken to hospital with what appeared a serious ankle problem.

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Interim boss Jackson is waiting on further news from the hospital: "He's gone to the hospital, we're just waiting for an update on that obviously.

Burnley's English midfielder Ashley Westwood is evacuated on a stretcher after being injured following a tackle by West Ham United's Coatian midfielder Nikola Vlasic (unseen) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Burnley at the London Stadium, in London on April 17, 2022. - - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

"We're hoping he's okay, our thoughts are with him.

"You could see he wasn't good from the reaction of the players, so that was a big blow to the group.

"He's been here for a long time and he's well thought of, so we're hoping he's okay.

"I saw him coming off and he looked distraught, so fingers crossed he's okay.

"Declan Rice came over and said straightaway 'it's not good', so we could see from the reaction of the players and the lad himself.

"He put his hand up, and he doesn't go down, so it's not good.

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"The lads reacted well, they're a good group, they came together, but our thoughts are with Ash at this moment in time.”

Asked whether he could be out for the season, Jackson added: "I don't know, it could be the end of his season, but there is a squad of players here ready to play, there's people to step up.

"Josh (Brownhill) came on and did really well.”