Collymore told to keep away

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Stan Collymore must wait until next week to find out about his future as a Leicester City player, after his dressing-room row with his fellow striker Trevor Benjamin.

Stan Collymore must wait until next week to find out about his future as a Leicester City player, after his dressing-room row with his fellow striker Trevor Benjamin.

Peter Taylor, the Foxes' manager, took statements from both players over the flare-up which took place at half-time during Monday's reserve-team match with Charlton at Filbert Street.

Collymore left City's training headquarters after the hour-long meeting and has been instructed to stay away from the club until the investigation into the incident by Taylor has been completed.

"I want to investigate fully what went on," Taylor said. "I want something clear as to where we go with this situation. We have to do things right and in the correct manner.

"In the meantime Stan is not training. He is staying away from the club, which I think is best for everybody concerned."

Taylor revealed that Collymore had not stormed out of the ground after the row and was always scheduled to be substituted after 45 minutes of his match since asking for a transfer three weeks ago.

Taylor said: "It was agreed Stan was coming off at half-time and that he would go as soon as the second half started. He didn't rush out of the ground without us knowing."

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The Barcelona and former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit will be released from hospital later today after doctors said he had not suffered any serious injury from his clash of heads with his team-mate Phillip Cocu during Barcelona's Champions' League draw with Milan on Wednesday.

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