By Matt Farr
Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins has launched a scathing attack on Liverpool’s Marko Grujic for his ‘disgusting’ tackle last month.
Tomkins was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge from the 21-year-old midfielder during the meeting between the two sides last month, and was forced to leave Selhurst Park on crutches.
The defender has since missed three of Crystal Palace’s last four Premier League matches, making his return to the side in the win over Hull at the weekend.
However, Tomkins remains adamant that Grujic should have received more extensive punishment for his challenge, having only been handed a yellow card by referee Andre Marriner.
As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “The challenge was brushed under the carpet a bit.
“I am not one to complain about the physical aspects of the game and I accept opposing players are going to be competitive but I thought the tackle was disgusting really.
“I managed to get away with it because it could have been a lot worse. I was happy to come in against Hull even though there’s still a bit of pain.”
The Liverpool youngster has spent much of the season on the sidelines at Anfield, making just two first-team appearances before suffering a hamstring injury.
He did not make a single Premier League appearance for the club between the win over Hull on September 24 and the clash with Palace on April 23.
The three-time Serbia international arrived at the Merseyside club in January 2016, and was immediately loaned back to Red Star Belgrade until the end of the season.
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