It seems like Steven Taylor is losing his battle to be fit for Newcastle United’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Steven Taylor -unlikely to play on Saturday at Chelsea
That’s the bad news this morning from the Newcastle camp as Taylor tries to recover from what was initially a slight stomach muscle strain that has kept him out of Newcastle last two games, and in which we have disappointingly picked up just a solitary point.
The 22 year-old local lad has yet to resume training and it looks very doubtful now that he will be able to line up on Saturday and young Sebastien Bassong will likely deputize again at the center of defense. But this will be a huge test for Newcastle’s inconsistent defense.
In fact it wouldn’t surprise us if Joe plumps for Charles N’Zogbia at left back, in place of Jose Enrique who had a poor game at left back against Wigan on Saturday.
Steven told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“”I’m doing everything I can to be available for selection on Saturday.” “I’m desperate to play, but the last thing I want to do is come back and break down.”
“If I don’t make it, then I’d be very optimistic of being ready for the Middlesbrough game.”
The sooner Steven is back the better, but it has shown Joe Kinnear that we need another accomplished center-back in our squad. Unfortunately, Claudio Cacapa has shown too many times he cannot fill in during times of emergency, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he is sold in the January transfer window.
He has a contract thought next summer, and a one year option, that we don’t think the club will pick up.