Steven Taylor May Be Fit For Middlesbrough Game

Alan Shearer is hoping that local lad Steven Taylor, will return from injury for next Monday’s crucial game, this time  against Middlesbrough at home.


Steven Taylor – could be back for Middlesbrough 

Steven has surprisingly missed more than a month of action after picking up a bruised ankle injury against Arsenal in March.

He hobbled off at half-time in that game and scans subsequently showed it was only bruising, but when he made his comeback at Spurs two weeks ago, he only made it through the first half.

Alan Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Steven Taylor might be back for Middlesbrough, but Jose Enrique probably won’t be back – that’s about it as far as injuries are concerned.”

The only other senior player who is injured is Ignacio Gonzalez, who has appeared just twice as a substitute for Newcastle since he arrived on the last day of the transfer window last summer.

It shows how terrible our season has been when this guy has been out for 8 months with an Achilles injury. Players recover from broken legs and ACL knee operations in that time, so his Achilles Tendinopathy injury must be one of the worst in history. have even given up on estimating when he will be back, after all this time, and have said it is undetermined.

With 19 days left in the season, we’ll give up any hope that Gonzalez can help us this season.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed man you’ve done it now.

    Well have NicoGF on here harping on how Nacho is the best player and savoir of newcastle!!

    I doubt Tayls will play. Got no proof of that – just gut feeling.

    4 3 3 against borough me thinks with

    ————— Harper —————-

    Beye —– Colo —– Bassong —– Duff

    ——- Loven —- Butt —- Smith ——-

    ——————- MO ———————–

    —– OBA —————- Viduka ———

    MO, Oba and the dukes Smith and Butt in the mid with prob loven, with Gutierrez and guthrie as subs and the back four of

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    great news-


    That looks good enough for me, either that or i would swap beye and taylor, but i like beye at cb with bassong

  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3


    Gutierrez and Guthrie as subs

  • stevep

    May 5, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully Taylor will be fit, we need people prepared to fight for the cause and Collocini aint up for it.
    Nacho injury situation is bizarre, it’s impossible to say if he would be any good in the prem as we just haven’t seen enough of him play. Goodness knows how much we are paying him per week but anything more than 20p is to much

  • sohica17

    May 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Who needs colo when u got Taylor~

  • AlexanderNUFC21

    May 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    All I know is that he Nacho can play like solano, but with more pace. If you have seen Nacho in Uruguay, he gets fouled a lot, so its no surprise to me that injuries caught up with him. But I hope we keep him, he will a great addition. I’m a little disappointed about Colo, I thought he would be better than this when we paid 10milliion pounds for him, I want to see Nolan play instead of butt, as well as Lualua. Its going to be a very hectic game on Monday and radio shows are saying this game is the biggest in Newcastle and Middles history.

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    AlexanderNUFC21, “biggest in Newcastle and Middlesbrough history” – I’d agree with that mate. It’s not just a ‘local’ derby, but also a relegation 6 pointer, for BOTH sides!!!!

    Absolutely enormous game. If Taylor is back I’d probably drop Curlo and play 442 with Beye, Taylor, Edgar and Bassong – in that order. Curlo has looked a liability of late – admittedly he’s an Argentine international and may come good next season once he’s settled in, but Monday is just too important.

    Beye, Taylor, Edgar, Bassong
    Gutierrez, Nolan, Smith, Duff
    Viduka, Martins

    …for me like

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8

    …unless of course Nacho is fit (?!?!?!). Shearer’s quote of “…that’s about it as far as injuries are concerned” comment would suggest he probably just thinks it’s too late to incorporate him in the side now. Fk knows what’s gone on there like – a whole season’s wages. Bizarre.

  • komfort

    May 5, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    steven taylor was telling my wife shearer has put a cufew on the team until the end of the season..doesn’t seem to have had much effect..

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #10

    ..funny you should mention that komfort, my dog was talking to Michael Owen’s dog yesterday and he said that the atmosphere in the dressing room was “ruff”

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    …blog’s not taking mi comments anymore…….

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #12

    …yes it is

  • Rodzilla

    May 5, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    ….on the subject of dogs, a man from Barnsley walks into a jewellers, “can tha mek us a gold statue of mi dog?” he asks,

    “sure” says the jeweller, “would you like it 18 carats?”

    “no ya daft bastid, chewin a bone”

  • NicoGF

    May 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed. Harrison I agree Physioroom has already given up on estimating his comeback date.

    What I do not agree is saying he’s not fit at the very moment. He is. He just needs to be played. But firstly Shearer needs the guts to drop captain Butt and play ‘Nacho’ instead.

    Let’s go to the supermarket and buy a kilogram of guts for Mr. Shearer!

  • geordie deb

    May 5, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Graeme 1

    How right you were – NicoGF back on his high horse again

  • chuck

    May 5, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope Taylor`s back need all the help we can get.
    And to those who constantly knock him, lighten up, the guys an England U21 regular and would be welcomed by plenty of clubs.
    You dont become a poor player overnight.
    Perhaps we could use Colocinni at LB, with Bassong and Taylor in the middle as he seems to lack confidence at this time and we could really use Duff in an attacking role.
    With the high priced forwards we have how come goals are so hard to come by, perhaps we should pay them by results, bonuses.

  • workyticket

    May 5, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Rodzilla // May 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    “…Fk knows what’s gone on there like – a whole season’s wages. Bizarre.”

    Come on Rod, It’s hardly bizarre to see a player come to Newcastle and get completely knacked for a year in one of his first games! 🙂

    Now the Xisco mystery / enigma, that IS a little odd, Rod.

  • NicoGF

    May 5, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Ah btw, Ed Harrison 😉

    here you come again with your anti-nacho campaign..?

    You should start counting since he had the achilles operation in Finland (5 months ago), not since he arrived to Newcastle (because it wasn’t his fault when the doctors told him he was okey when he wasn’t). U also know an achilles surgery can take from 6 to 8 months by the way, so he won’t be achieving any Record Guines..


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