By Chris Wright
Doug Loft, back when his face didn’t look like a shop-soiled aubergine
Port Vale have sacked defender Daniel Jones with immediate effect following a training ground incident that left club captain Doug Loft with a pulped face so severe that his injuries have since ruled him out for the rest of the season.
The altercation took place during a training session on Thursday with Vale cancelling the remainder of Jones’ contract later that same day.
The Sun have managed to get their hands on a shocking photo of the aftermath, in which the “disfigured” (a little strong, perhaps) Loft displays his broken nose, jaw and cheekbone…
Vale manager Micky Adams has said that the club are launching an internal investigation into the fracas, though it would sound like Loft is taking legal action too by the sounds of things.
“It’s been a poor week for us,” Vale boss Adams told BBC Radio Stoke. “For legal reasons, there’s very little I can say other than on Thursday there was an incident between two players.”
“The training ground incident resulted in one of the players, who I might add is an innocent party to this, receiving a facial injury that has consequently ruled him out for the rest of the season.
“It’s another negative headline that, for some reason, this club attracts. But it has to be dealt with internally.”
(Image: The Sun, via Stoke Sentinel)