CROUCH FORGIVES

The Stoke city striker Peter Crouch has said that he will not blame the Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini for the loss of his three teeth back in November.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham striker was involved in the clash with the Argentine defender Coloccini when the two sides met each other back in November. He lost his three teeth in the process, and he has been only recently back to his best.

Crouch has been wearing mouthguard until recently, and he has said that wearing it and playing is not ideal. Stoke city come into the match against Newcastle on the back of a poor run of form, as they have managed just one win in the last five matches.

The single victory came in the league match against Reading. The goal return for Crouch this season has been far from ideal, as the 32-year-old has been able to get just five goals from his 25 appearances this season. In fact, goal scoring has been a problem for the Stoke city team as a whole. Due to the excellent defence, they have been able to sustain a position close to the top half of the table. Crouch has also refused to blame Coloccini for the incident, as these things are not meant to happen.

“As you can see from when I clobbered Matty Taylor in the face, that wasn’t meant either. I felt so guilty after and went in to apologise because I know what it feels like. And I certainly don’t attach any blame to Coloccini. My nose was a bit wonky at Liverpool and I had it put right after a knock – and my teeth weren’t ideal until I had them knocked out and repaired – so I’m slowly improving as I get older!,” said the former England international.