Hull City striker Craig Fagan will miss the next three months of the season after being the victim of a horrendous tackle from Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie.
The Magpies midfielder was rightly shown a straight red card for a tackle that reflected the frustration on Tyneside amid the Tigers' 2-1 win as civil war rages at St James' Park.
Fagan was able to play on after the challenge but left the ground on crutches. Hull decided to carry out a scan after his leg swelled badly over the rest of the weekend. Hull confirmed had that Fagan suffered a fracture to his right tibia, and now could miss up three months of the season.
Angry Tigers' boss Phil Brown said of the challenge this afternoon: "It cannot be tolerated, it needs to be kicked out of the game. When you see that the end product is him putting a fellow pro in a cast, it's just not right."
Guthrie later expressed regret for the crunching tackle and claimed it was ''totally out of character''.
''I was very upset to hear the news concerning Craig,'' he told his club's official website
''The club have been in touch with Hull City on my behalf because I want to speak to Craig in person to apologise and wish him a speedy recovery. I hope to be able to do that as soon as possible.
''It was a challenge that came purely out of frustration towards the end of Saturday's game, but anybody who knows me will accept it was totally out of character on my part.''