St James’ Park duo fell out over text messages sent by Carroll’s ex.
Former England under-21 captain Taylor had his jaw wired together after surgery on injuries he sustained in a ferocious fight with Carroll, 21, before training on Monday.
It is being reported that the reason behind the brawl was a former girlfriend of Carroll’s had been sending racy text messages to his 24-year-old team-mate.
Carroll is said to have confronted Taylor and, after a brawl between the two men, they were both taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary – the striker with a broken hand and the defender with injuries to his face.
The controversy is nothing new for the firey forward – who is already being dubbed ‘the new Duncan Ferguson’ – after his much-publicised bust-up with Charles N’Zogbia last year, which led to the winger’s move to Wigan.
Carroll is also due in court at the end of next month charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a man in the Blu Bambu club last December.
The footballer is alleged to have smashed a glass into another patron’s face.
The Gateshead-born starlet was also cautioned by police over an assault on a woman in Newcastle city centre in September 2008. (Metro)
So there you have it. The reason for the bust up appears to be as soap opera-esque as the attack itself. Expect more information about this love triangle to come out in due course and Chris Hughton will hope that these events do not hamper their promotion push.
The St James’ Park outfit have been in such fine form that the last thing they would have wanted was some self inflicted damage on behalf of two of their teammates. Andy Carroll is clearly a bit of a loose cannon and whilst no one would want to change his character on the field of play someone should take him to one side and try to guide him a little.
Perhaps someone like Alan Smith could have a word with the England Under 21 man and try to calm him down. The former Leeds and Man United man has done well to turn his career around and the 29 year old could have some words of wisdom to impart to the forward before he goes further off the rails.