St James’ Park club captain taken to hospital following altercation.
Newcastle United captain Steven Taylor is in hospital amid allegations of a training ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Carroll.
The club have refused to comment but BBC Radio 5 live understands Taylor was admitted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Sunday evening.
Several newspapers claim the defender suffered a broken jaw in the row.
Taylor, who has been out with a knee injury since January, is likely to miss the rest of the Championship season.
Newcastle are seeking an immediate return to the Premier League and are top of the Championship, with nine games remaining.
Striker Carroll has played a prominent part recently, having scored nine goals in his last 10 games.
“The alleged altercation is believed to have taken place inside Newcastle United’s training complex,” said BBC Radio 5 live’s senior football reporter Ian Dennis.
“And the former England under-21 captain has stayed overnight in hospital for the last two nights.
“The news is certainly an unwelcome distraction at such a critical stage of the campaign and a broken jaw will mean the end of Taylor’s season.
“Carroll is currently on bail following an assault charge for an alleged incident in Newcastle in December and is due back in court next month.” (BBC Sport)
This is not good timing. Newcastle United are on a fine run of form of late and look primed and ready to take the Championship title and more importantly bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking so for the club’s captain to be put in hospital as a result of an altercation with St James’ Park’s in form goalscorer is not good news.
Andy Carroll has been looking sharp in front of goal but does appear to have a history of losing his temper and we can only imagine that he has one hell of a right hook on him to break Steven Taylor’s jaw! Chris Hughton will have to nip this in the bud and hope that any behind the scenes issues can be cleared up swiftly.
Clearly the Newcastle United will not be keen on reprimanding Carroll by dropping the England Under 21 international and will probably prefer to fine the forward rather than ruling out his best striking option and the St James’ Park man will want to try and get the two sides to rectify their issues before this goes any further.