EXCLUSIVE: Derry apologises to Cabaye over tackle that forced him off on a stretcher
Shaun Derry has offered an apology to Yohan Cabaye for the tackle that saw the Newcastle playmaker carried off on Sunday.
The Queens Park Rangers midfielder caught Cabaye on the ankle in QPR’s 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.
Sportsmail can reveal Derry spoke to Newcastle assistant manager John Carver in the tunnel at half time to offer an explanation, insisting he had no intention of hurting his opponent.
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Carver, who worked with Derry at Leeds, is understood to have accepted the midfielder’s word.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Cabaye’s injury is not as bad as first feared and hopes he will be available for Saturday’s visit to Fulham.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton moved yesterday to end speculation he could become a casualty of Mark Hughes’s Loftus Road revolution.
Barton said on Twitter: ‘Mark Hughes and his backroom team are very good. The camp is buzzing and I am not leaving. We are all looking forward to the challenge ahead. Not going to be easy, it never is.’
QPR on Monday night held further talks with Chelsea over defender Alex.
Rangers have already had two bids rejected, the highest being 3.5million, but they are close to submitting another improved offer.