Steven Taylor was gutted not to be able to make the trip to London for Sunday’s game against Fulham, because of a niggling groin strain.
Steven Taylor – defender was sorely missed at Fulham
And Steven must have been even more unhappy at the defensive display which cost Newcastle all three points in London, with his stand-in, Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, having a less than stellar game at the back.
The 22-year-old England Under-21 captain was forced to stay at home on Sunday, but watched the game on TV as Newcastle went down to a 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage, and didn’t play well.
This was the first time Michael has missed any Premier League action this season, and it shows the lack of depth in the Newcastle squad, when it was because of this, that we probably lost 3 points. But we could also have played Bassong, Beye or even David Edgar at center-back against the Cottagers, but that’s now all in hindsight.
Although Steven hasn’t always been at his best this season, he’s getting to be more solid playing alongside the great Fabricio Coloccini, and most fans think that if Steven had played on Sunday, we could have won the game at Fulham.
Steven hopes to be back for the game against Wigan on Saturday afternoon:
“I’m just taking things day by day, but I’ll be disappointed if I’m not available for selection.”
“I was gutted at having to miss out on Sunday, because I hate missing any game.”
“My groin problems all started when I was away on international duty.”
“I tweaked the muscles, and since then I have been on painkillers, but I’ve had trouble sprinting, so it would have been silly to have played on Sunday.”
“There were fears that it might be a hernia, which would have meant weeks, if not months, on the sidelines, but fortunately this has not proved to be the case.”
We need Steven back for Saturday so we really hope he can make it, but if he cannot we would expect 22 year-old Frenchman Sebastien Bassong to start alongside Coloccini.
Seb has looked very good in that position when he’s played there before for Newcastle this season, and he seems to be just a smashing lad, who has taken quickly to life on Tyneside.