Stoke row 'water under bridge'
Stoke say the alleged row between Tony Pulis and James Beattie is 'water under the bridge'.
Last Updated: 09/12/09 6:57pm
Stoke say the alleged dispute between Tony Pulis and James Beattie is now 'water under the bridge' as the striker gets set to return to training.
The Potters chief and his frontman are said to have become involved in a heated argument shortly after the club's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal at the weekend.
The row is believed to have been caused by a misunderstanding regarding plans to give the first-team squad a day off on Monday following their Christmas party.
The squad did then report for training on Monday as usual, but Beattie was not in attendance with his team-mates.
Instead, he paid a visit to the gym at the Britannia Stadium, away from the glare of the public eye, where he is said to have been continuing his rehabilitation from a niggling ankle injury.
But Sky Sports News understands that the striker will return to training on Thursday, while the Potters have declined an offer from the Professional Footballers' Association to help resolve the alleged dispute.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: "We offered to help but the club said we were not needed, that it is water under the bridge and everything has been sorted out.
"These things have always happened in football when passions are inflamed but now the game is a goldfish bowl."