United ace fractures finger ending brawl
NOT AN INTERNATIONAL BREAK MAGPIES WOULD HAVE WANTED
NEWCASTLE United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has fractured a bone in his hand after turning peacemaker in a furious training ground bust-up.
He stepped in when captain Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame traded punches at the club’s Darsley Park complex.
Shelvey, who has just returned from a ban after a red card against Tottenham on the opening weekend of the season, now has his left hand in a cast after breaking a finger.
The punch-up occurred in a lively training session during which Lascelles repeatedly called Diame “lazy”.
Diame responded with an insult and the pair then started thumping each other.
As Shelvey tried to break it up, he got caught in the flurry of punches when the fracture happened.
The England international immediately went for treatment and will be monitored before his team’s clash at Southampton next Sunday.
But we understand the injury will not rule him out of playing in the game if selected.
The club has confirmed the clash did occur on Thursday but would not comment further on the matter.
It also said it had not been decided whether there will be any disciplinary proceedings.
The report will bring back memories of the Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer came to blows during a 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa in 2005.
Thursday’s incident came shortly before it was announced skipper Lascelles had signed a new six-year contract. The defender, 23, has penned fresh terms to keep him at St James’ Park until 2023.
He still had three years left on his original deal.
Lascelles signed that when he joined from Nottingham Forest in a £7m double deal with goalkeeper Karl Darlow in 2014.
He said: “I’m really happy here and want to take the club as high as it can go.”
Jonjo Shelvey (above) suffered a broken bone in his left hand after breaking up a fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame (inset)