Danny Drinkwater faces having his loan spell at Aston Villa cut short after a training ground bust-up with forward Jota, according to reports.
Drinkwater, who is on the books at Chelsea, has suffered a tumultuous season so far with his first loan move of the season at Burnley failing to spark into life.
The 30-year-old made only one appearance for the Clarets and his time in Lancashire was dominated by a fight in a Manchester nightclub in September that saw him incur facial injuries.
The newspaper claims that Drinkwater headbutted Jota in Tuesday’s training session during an “angry exchange” with the Spaniard.
Villa chiefs are said to have held talks about the midfielder on the same day but the club have not yet decided whether to send him back to West London.
Drinkwater could have his loan spell cut short and faces a heavy fine from Villa for his alleged actions.
The report comes after more misery was heaped on Dean Smith‘s side on Monday night with a 4-0 defeat to Leicester.
Jamie Vardy, who had not scored since before Christmas, returned with a brace of goals for the Foxes and Harvey Barnes grabbed the other two in a result which left Villa two points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.
Villa return to action on Saturday when they face Chelsea, a fixture which forms part of the club’s tough-looking run in as they fight to avoid relegation.
Smith’s side still have to play Wolves, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal before the end of the season.