Taylor denies Eduardo intent

Blues defender apologetic over tackle

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An apologetic Martin Taylor has insisted there was no 'malicious intent' in the tackle which left Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva with a broken leg.

The Birmingham defender was sent off for the challenge in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at St Andrews.

Arsene Wenger claimed after the match that Taylor should not be allowed to play again, but he is now understood to have withdrawn those comments.

Alex McLeish defended his player after the match and Birmingham have now released a further statement.

The statement reads: "The club are saddened that such a fantastic game of football has been marred by a serious injury sustained to Arsenal player Eduardo.

"But Martin Taylor is adamant there was no malicious intent in the tackle and he is deeply upset by the extent of Eduardo's injury.

"Having reviewed the incident, this (no malicious intent) is clearly the case.

"The club and Martin Taylor would like to send their very best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery."