Wigan boss Bruce: Taylor doesn't have bad bone in his body

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has defended Birmingham City's Martin Taylor after his tackle left Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva with a badly broken leg in their 2-2 draw.

Bruce, who signed Taylor from Blackburn in February 2004 in his time as Blues manager, said: "I was watching it and you are very saddened.

"But let me tell you Martin Taylor is the biggest, gentlest man. There will be nobody more upset and sickened than him.

"He is an absolute model professional who would never cause you any problem. With 'Big Tiny', I worked with him for a few years, and there is not a bad bone in his body.

"He would never, ever do anything malicious. He has mistimed the tackle, and I've seen it. Some would say it is not even a yellow card."

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