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Newcastle's Steven Taylor 'hurt in training bust up'

Steven Taylor
Taylor has been out since January because of a knee injury

Newcastle United captain Steven Taylor has been discharged from hospital after 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.

Striker Carroll scored the only goal as Newcastle won 1-0 at Doncaster on Tuesday night to move five points clear at the top of the Championship with eight games remaining.

Following the match Magpies manager Chris Hughton refused to answer any questions on the incident.

"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."

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see also
Doncaster 0-1 Newcastle
23 Mar 10 |  Championship
Striker Carroll on assault charge
25 Feb 10 |  Tyne
Taylor aims for Magpies title win
09 Mar 10 |  Newcastle
Carroll hails Magpies management
15 Mar 10 |  Newcastle
Hughton demands consistent finish
11 Mar 10 |  Newcastle
Newcastle 2-2 West Brom
18 Jan 10 |  Championship

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