Relegation-threatened Burnley earned a 1-1 draw at West Ham in the first game of the post-Sean Dyche era but saw Ashley Westwood sustain a bad injury.
The Burnley midfielder’s leg seemed to buckle underneath him as he challenged for the ball with Nikola Vlasic on Sunday.
A stretcher and oxygen were immediately brought on, while Vlasic and Aaron Cresswell, who was closest to the incident, looked distraught and had to be comforted by teammates.
There was a nine-minute delay while Westwood was treated. There was muted joy for Burnley minutes later when Wout Weghorst rose above Tomas Soucek to head in the rebound after Jay Rodriguez’s header came back off the crossbar in the 33rd minute. Weghorst pointed at the bench in support of Westwood.
Burnley should have doubled its lead after Maxwel Cornet was brought down by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. But after picking himself up, Cornet sent Burnley’s first penalty of the season wide.
Soucek then leveled in the 74th when he bundled in Manuel Lanzini’s free kick with his shoulder.
West Ham came closest to a winner but was denied three times by goalkeeper Nick Pope, who tipped a fierce drive from Michail Antonio over and blocked Issa Diop’s header before thwarting Antonio again in a one-on-one.
Burnley, with under-23 coach Mike Jackson in charge since the shock departure of Dyche, is now three points behind Everton, which is in 17th place and just out of the relegation zone. Everton has played one less game.
West Ham, which reached the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, is in seventh place.
There was late drama at St James’ Park, where Newcastle United’s clash with Leicester City was locked at 1-1 when Bruno Guimaraes was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce in the Foxes’ penalty area before dispatching his header past Kasper Schmeichel.
It led to absolute jubilation in the stands and on the Magpies bench, with manager Eddie Howe getting in on the celebrations.
Guimaraes had earlier equalised in the 30th minute to cancel out Ademola Lookman’s opener for the visitors.