United ace frac­tures finger end­ing brawl

NOT AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BREAK MAG­PIES WOULD HAVE WANTED

Sunday Sun - - News - By Mike Kelly Re­porter mike.kelly@ncj­me­dia.com

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)

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