Reports Taylor Has Broken Jaw And Carroll Damages Hand

There is some disturbing news being reported by George Caulkin in the Times today, that Steven Talor has suffered a broken jaw on Sunday afternoon, during training at Newcastle’s Benton training grounds.

Steven Taylor – broken jaw? – out for the season

Unfortunately Caulkin is probably the best Newcastle reporter around, and is usually spot on with what he writes.

The incident is said to involve Andy Carroll, Steven’s Newcastle United team-mate, and there is some hint that there may have been a confrontation between the two players, but nothing official as yet from the Newcastle club.

Steven Taylor has only recently had a brace removed from his knee, after suffering ligament damage, and Taylor was touch and go whether he would make it before the end of the season, but it looks like his season is over, if reports are to be believed.

But Newcastle have so far not issued any statement on the matter, and that’s somewhat understandable, given the team has an important game tonight at Doncaster Rovers, and promotion is still not guaranteed.

But as seen in our comments section this morning, rumors are rampant on Tyneside that the broken jaw may have been caused by a confrontation between the two players.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

This is now a huge test of Chris Hughton’s management abilities, as the very last thing he wants is any distraction from the important game tonight at Doncaster.

It ia also rumored that Carroll has damaged his hand and may not play tonight at the Keepmoat Stadium – oh no!

This may be about the worst thing that could have happened at Newcastle, if indeed these rampant rumors are true.

Let’s hope for the best – for the sake of our club – but we need 3 points tonight, that’s the most important thing.

I thought these things were a thing of the past at Newcastle – I hoped these things were a thing of the past at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Not happy. But if we can keep the team spirit, somehow then in Ranger, Best (unlikely), Lovenkrands then we can put the ball in the back of the net and should be OK. As you say Ed, its a big test of CH’s management abilities and I hope makes the right decision! Maybe a fine, and suspension till the end of the season would be the best option?


  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    And CH is about to go on SSN for anyone who can watch it!

  • Aza9

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Tom – can you post what he says? In work 🙁

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Arghhh he didn’t say anything about the Carroll incident… Just talked about not being complacent, not taking anything for granted at a management, all the usual stuff… that’s properly annoying!!! 🙁

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    management level*

  • Aza9

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Typical CH…likes to beat around the bush about issues. The starting line-up tonight might tell us what has happened. My guess is Lovenkrands and Best up front. Carroll left out of the squad completely.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Bad and sad news. Seemed like the teamspirit had been on a high this season…

  • i Toon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    BBC is repoting Steven Taylor is in hospital

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Carroll should noway be in the squad to night regardless of if his hand is OK or not, could easily get himself sent off! And if what has happened is true what you guys think should the punishment?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    If this is true then CH must stamp on it now Carroll has a bit of history with this sort of thing. Didn’t he have a bust up with N’Zogbia in training & he has alsobeen done for hitting a girl in Newcastle (coward) & the alleged ABH (supposedly involvong a glass again cowardly) & now he’s allegedly broken Taylor’s jaw. Get him out now he shouldn’t play for the Toon again he’s worse than most Sunday morning footballers.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m not a betting man, but those of you who keep track of the “line” can figure out how big this is by what has happened to the odds since Sunday. If this is a bad team incident, it will be possible to project the next few games as losses. If Carroll is injured/suspended, then the front line will be quite thin, with just Best and Ranger, so it may be a 4-5-1 just to protect striking bodies. But my gut tells me NUFC could get gutted tonight.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Yes he did get in fight with the Zog, and apparently the Zog beat him up if my memory serves me correctly!

  • UTD111

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    The london-based media are at it already…..
    “Taylor will leave in the summer” – nowt to do with Arsenal needing a centre-half of course…..
    “it was all over the relative size of their wage packets” – might be some truth in that one knowing the United Ferrari brigade…..
    Anyway – a terrific opportunity for Fat Ash to show off his renowned man management skills LOL
    One thing is clear – this needs to be dealt with internally – just like the Bellamy/Shearer stuff was. And neither Carroll or Taylor should be allowed to leave – they are 2 players the team should be built around.

  • Doha Mag

    Mar 23, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Not what we wanted to hear at this stage of the season but CH needs to resolve the issue as he’s closer to the facts and the two players than the press….

    I hope it’s not true though!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    If it happened a few days ago then that makes sense as CH said Taylor was out for over a month just yesterday and none of us could understand why… Obviously he has broken his jaw and the club had managed to keep it away from the media till today?!

  • richietoon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Aza9…….as far as I know Lovenkrands isn’t fit…………..the problem CH is going to have with this is that how can we get rid of Carroll when we kept Barton?….or do we keep him which would also send out the wrong message.I’m glad I’m not the one to make the decision.Another thing is how much if at all did Taylor provoke him?….I know it’s still know excuse but I’m sure we’ve all took a swing at someone when provoked.Maybe Taylor hit him first……This is why the club needs to come out with a statement of what actually took place,if for no other reason than to stop rumours going out of control.I think it’ll probably be best up front on his own tonight.3 points please to lift the fans morale again.HWTL

  • Ericles

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree richietoon. We need a definitive statement from the club to counter all the bull from the media. The fans need to know the truth.
    And it is an internal matter as well, and must be dealt with as such. The press are loving it because it gives them a chance to divert attention from the antics of their fav premier players!!!

  • Davies

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Tricky one. That we stuck by Barton shouldn’t have any affect on the outcome of this (if it happened), as Barton wasn’t involved in any conflict with another Newcastle player.

    The problem here is that these are two local lads who bleed black and white and if either of them has to leave people are going to be unhappy.

    Ultimately, there is no excuse for breaking your team mate’s jaw. My concern is whether or not Carroll and Taylor will be big enough to patch this up between them, or it will be impossible for them to play on the same side.

  • Aza9

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t realise Loven was out. Has to be Best upfront then since Hughton doesn’t seem to like starting Ranger. Best has had a good amount of time to settle into the team, we really need a performance from him tonight, i think we are owed one.

    In terms of the Carroll/Taylor incident, i want to find out what the facts are before deciding what should happen. Looking at it from the outside in though, with Carrolls past record seems to point at him being hot headed and lashing out althought i doubt he would have hit out unprovoked. Im sure we will find out in the next couple of hours anyway…

  • nightfa11

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    ffs.. sell him..dont care if he scores 100 goals per season.. this club doesnt need this… cos of such f**** noone will join us..& some of the players who actually are good might leave…especailly if hughton takes his side… fuck that – people who cant control themselves! they are all 20 sth, they already earn millions & they walk around thinking nothing can ever happen to them…& i guess they’re right.. i want to see him & barton out…or hire tyson to break their jaw – maybe that will sober them.

    again..this is not a rehabillitation centre…this is a professionall fotball club with players who are supposed to act like professionals – rolemodels.

    to hit a teammate so hard so u brake his jaw excusse!

  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Its bloody stupid, but how can you sign Barton and then sack Carroll for less? If he’d busted someone else’s jaw – say a security bloke, would you feel the same?
    The club need time to interview and sort this out, talkto senior players to gauge the temperature towards Carroll and Taylor before arriving at a decision and with Taylor in hospital, that may take a while. And it affects the club, not just the team, so Ashley and Llambias ought to be involved in this, not just Hughton.

  • The Entertainers

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    The bubble in which footballers live needs to be popped!

    I wonder what would happen if i went into work tonight and lamped a colleague?
    a) Lose my job
    b) End up in court
    c) Effect my personal life
    d) All of the above…………damn right.

    There cant be morals if there are no consequences!
    Carroll will not suffer any of the consequences i mentioned………Oh he’ll be fined and might find him out of the 1st team for a period.

    Football this season has finally struck me as how broken the sport is! Yeah i’m sure its been broken for longer, but i chose to ignore it.

    Within in the sport there will always be idiots, talented young men with too much cash and not enough brains or morals……….Carroll, Barton, Terry, Cole, Gerrard are just a few who have hit the headlines lately!

    But the sport too needs to look at its self. How can players demand huge figures in wages and then let a club like Portsmouth / Leeds / Palace, end up the states they are………….sure its not the wages alone that are to blame, but they are unrealistic in a working mans game.

    Passion, effort and loyalty use to be the bedrock on which football and the clubs survived. These qualities are not even on the forefront of any modern day footballer or club.

    I’m even starting to think Ashley might have a point when he says he wont pay huge wages anymore on premadonnas. Lets hope he takes that similar vein when dealing with Carroll / Taylor and punish them not only in the pocket, but there egos too. A month helping the other staff members around the ground for free, would dent there over inflated egos. Would love to see Carroll picking up litter after a game! Make them bloody work for a living (well if only for a month)

  • DJG

    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #24

    The Entertainers

    I can see where you are coming from but this is sport we’re talking about. It’s a bit different going into the office environment and thumping someone to a training ground fight. There always has and always will be training ground spats in football. In Ice Hockey fighting halfway through the game between two enforcers is a common part of the sport and the players are usually just put in a sin bin.

  • DJG

    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Not that I in anyway think this is a good thing for the club or a good time for it to happen.

  • The Entertainers

    Mar 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26


    I take onboard your comments, but do disagree completely mate.

    Firstly you cant say because its ‘sport’ the rules are different. I know i used an office enviroment example, but lets say you did that on a Sunday league park game?
    Yes its competative, but is’nt football also a team game ? Wheres the team spirit in thumping your team mate and dare i say one of our better players.

    As for Ice Hockey, its the only sport (apart from fighting sports) where fights are accepted. No where in the rules of football does it account for fights.

    Regarding the law, there is a defence if contact in a sport resulted in an injury. There would be no case to answer. However if it goes above and beyond this then prosecution may follow, the Tayor / Carrol incident was not even on the ptich!!!

    Dont let these pampered over paid fools not play by rules the rest of us have to follow.


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