By Coral Barry
Daryl Janmaat broke two fingers when he punched a dressing-room wall during a heated Newcastle half-time row at Southampton on Saturday, according to a report.
Rafael Benitez’s team were wretched in the opening 45 minutes of the 3-1 Premier League defeat at St Mary’s Stadium, which has left the Magpies six points from safety and with relegation to the Championship looming.
The pressure seems to have finally taken it’s toll on a tense Newcastle side, with a report in the Chronicle newspaper on Monday claiming that Janmaat took his frustration out on the wall after he received a damning assessment from his fellow players.
Newcastle were 2-0 down at the break and Janmaat had already limped off the pitch seven minutes before half-time after he suffered an awkward fall in the lead up to Southampton’s second goal.
The Chronicle claim Janmaat then encountered several angry team-mates in the dressing-room as the player lashed out at one another for a dismal performance.
Jamaal Lascelles is thought to have been the loudest voice in the row that has left Janmaat with two injuries to nurse before Newcastle’s next game against Swansea on Saturday.
It is not clear the extent of Janmaat’s on-pitch injury, although the defender was seen leaving St Mary’s with his arm in a sling.
Newcastle are rooted in the drop zone and second from bottom of the table with the arrival of Benitez nowhere near having the desired effect.
The Spaniard’s appointment in March was hoped too ignite a dramatic relegation escape but after successive league defeats and four games with just one point to show for it, Newcastle are further away from safety from when Benitez took over.
In other Newcastle news, one of the club’s top earners has no release clause in his contract should the Magpies go down.