John Carver keeps the door open at Newcastle for sent-off Mike Williamson

BATTLE ... Jamie Vardy and Mike Williamson, right.
BATTLE ... Jamie Vardy and Mike Williamson, right.

JOHN Carver says Mike Williamson’s Newcastle United career is NOT over – despite accusing him of deliberately getting himself sent off.

The defender will be banned for the club’s next two games for his dismissal in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester City.

I would consider Mike for the last game of the season because I have to. He’s a professional footballer for this football club.

John Carver

Williamson and his defensive colleague Daryl Janmaat, also sent off for two bookable offences, are likely to be find by the relegation-threatened club, which is just two points above third-from-bottom Sunderland.

Their “stupidity” has left Carver with a huge headache ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion.

But Carver says he will STILL consider Williamson for the club’s final game of the season against West Ham United at St James’s Park on May 24, despite his strongly-worded attack on the 31-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer.

“I would consider Mike for the last game of the season because I have to,” said Carver, whose tenure has been beset by indiscipline on the field.

“He’s a professional footballer for this football club.”

Carver was also highly critical of right-back Janmaat, arguably the club’s most consistent performer this season.

Like Williamson, Janmaat needlessly brought down Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who had been a nuisance all afternoon.

“I think Daryl’s foul was stupid,” said Carver. “The game’s gone – it’s dead.

“It was the 90th minute, so what in the world are you thinking about when you make a challenge like that when the game is gone and we’ve already lost one defender?

“It’s ludicrous, and it has been for weeks with the (Moussa) Sissoko sending off, the (Fabricio) Coloccini dismissal, the suspension of (Jack) Colback. It’s all been crazy and stupidity.

Asked if Williamson and Janmaat will be find for their actions, Carver said: “We’ll have a proper discussion about it.

“It’s not something for now, but it’s something I will definitely address.

“I think it’s stupid what Daryl did, but it’s a little bit different to when I was standing there seeing it happen with Mike Williamson before it actually did.

“I didn’t actually see that happening with Daryl, but I need to calm myself down, have a look at it, and see what my thoughts are.”

Meanwhile, Williamson yesterday issued an apology to the club’s fans and his team-mates through his representatives.

He also strongly denied Carver’s emotive claim that his dismissal had been intentional.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Newcastle United supporters and my fellow team-mates for getting sent off against Leicester,” he said.

“There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie (Vardy) or get sent off, but I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.

“Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.

“Moving forward, I will do whatever I can to help my team-mates prepare for the next two games and fight to get back into the team when I’m next available.

“I’ve had the honour to play for Newcastle United for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this football club.

“I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters.”