Peter Whittingham’s effortless style and set-piece prowess made him a fans’ favourite at Cardiff
Former Cardiff City and Aston Villa midfielder Peter Whittingham is in hospital with head injuries.
The ex-England Under-21 international suffered the injuries after an “accidental” fall in a pub in Barry.
“At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to a licensed premises in Barry,” a statement read.
“A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall and remains at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.”
The South Wales Police statement continued: “At this stage there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act, and it appears the injury was caused by an accidental fall.
“Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.”
Whittingham, started his career at Villa, where he played more than 50 league games and won 17 England Under-21 caps.
He joined Cardiff for £350,000 in 2007 and established himself as a club legend with 459 appearances and 98 goals before leaving in 2017.
Whittingham then moved to Blackburn Rovers, before leaving a year later.
But it is with Cardiff the stylish left-footed playmaker is most closely associated.
In his 13 years with the club, they reached the 2008 FA Cup final, 2012 League Cup final and won promotion to the Premier League in 2013.
Whittingham was a huge fans’ favourite at Cardiff, scoring numerous spectacular long-range goals which helped earn him a place in the EFL’s team of the decade for 2005-2015.