Liverpool loanee returns early after being arrested for alleged nightclub assault

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Liverpool U23s centre-back Lloyd Jones has had his loan with Swindon Town terminated, following his arrest for an alleged assault last month.

Jones joined the Robins on a season-long loan in August, having signed a new long-term contract with his parent club last summer.

The 21-year-old made 29 appearances for Swindon, including 23 starts in League One, before falling out of favour at the County Ground earlier this year.

Now, it’s reported that Jones was arrested following an incident at a Cheltenham nightclub on March 12, two days before Swindon’s 4-2 loss at home to Sheffield United.

“We received a report at about 2.30am on Sunday, March 12, of an assault at a nightclub in Regent St, Cheltenham,” a Gloucestershire police statement read.

“A 21-year-old man from the Plymouth area was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was bailed until April 28, 2017.”

Jones’ bail has now been extended to May 29, but he will not remain with Swindon, who confirmed that the defender has returned to Liverpool.

This marks a disappointing end to Jones’ spell at Swindon, and it remains to be seen what repercussions he faces.

He has never appeared for the Liverpool first team, but was a staple of the Reds’ U23s squad prior to his departure to Gloucestershire, regularly captaining the side.

Having joined the club from Plymouth Argyle in 2011, Jones had previously spent spells on loan with Cheltenham Town, Accrington Stanley and Blackpool.

Liverpool are yet to comment on Jones’ arrest.

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