The Daily Mail is reporting late this morning that Steven Taylor has given Newcastle a massive boost.
Steven Taylor – only bruising of his ankle
Newcastle now have the results of the scan on his damaged ankle that was conducted on Steven yesterday, and Steven was given the all clear late last night, after the scan showed he had suffered nothing worse than severe bruising.
Newcastle management were bracing themselves for losing their England Under 21 defender for weeks, if not months, if it had been damaged ligaments in his ankle.
Taylor, who is a local lad who was brought up in Whitley Bay, was said to be hugely relieved at the good news, and the lad seems determined to save his home town team from relegation, and certainly his two displays in the last two games have been excellent.
Steven still however seems likely to miss Newcastle’s next match with Chelsea, a week on Saturday, but Habib Beye can come in (and he’ll stay in) for that game, and we still don’t know whether Sebastien Bassong will be available to play center-back in that game.
Seb was also injured and had to leave the game against Arsenal with a hip injury, but that looked less severe than Steven’s injury, at least initially.
That proverbial Newcastle insider has been talking again, and this time he (or she) said:
“There were real worries about how long he would be out for,”
“People were talking about a month being the worst-case scenario, but if a tear had shown up on the scan, that would have been it for the season.
“Now he could be back in two weeks.”
This is definitely good news for the club, because Steven is now playing near his best, after only being so-so earlier in the season, and the lad has been absolutely outstanding in Newcastle’s last several games.