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Bruce defends under-fire Taylor

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has launched a vigorous defence of Martin Taylor following Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's vehement attack on the Birmingham City defender.

Taylor was given a red card in the third minute of his side's 2-2 draw with the Gunners at St Andrews for a challenge that has left Eduardo da Silva with a suspected broken fibula and shin.

Wenger severely slated Taylor after the game, claiming he 'should never play football again'.

But Bruce, who signed Taylor from Blackburn in February 2004 in his time as Blues boss, 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 mis-timed the tackle, and I've seen it. Some would say it is not even a yellow card.'

Speaking after Wigan's 2-0 victory over Derby at the JJB Stadium, Bruce added: 'Of course, when things like that happen in a match, all your thoughts are with the boy.

'Eduardo is a fantastic player, and we wish him well.'