Steven Taylor has not appeared for Newcastle United since October 3 at home to Bristol City.
Steven Taylor – very doubtful for Sheffield United
There’s absolutely no doubt that Newcastle have missed Steven’s experience, skill and strength at the back, since he’s been out, and it just shows what an important player the 23 year-old has become at Newcastle.
Steven was alarmed on the last day of the transfer market, early last month that Ashley may try to cash in on him, and he was delighted and mightily relived when that didn’t happen – because Steven has no wish to leave his home town club, none whatsoever.
The Whitley Bay player has a hamstring injury and unfortunately he is still major doubt for the Sheffield United game, which is bad news.
A source close to Steven (his father?) told the Evening Chronicle:
“Steven is desperate to play in every game for Newcastle.” “Everybody knows just how much this club means to him.”
“He knows Newcastle United are the people’s club in this town and he can’t wait to make a full recovery from his injury.”
“He’s come back too early from injuries before, so he wants to make sure he is completely ready to come back this time before putting his body on the line.”
Steven of course has dedicated this season to getting his home town club back to the Premier League, where they belong, and it must be very frustrating for the lad to have missed the last few games, especially when the team has not been performing well.
Taylor has generally tended to come back too early from injury in the past, but it’s wise of the medical staff not to rush him back this time – we need Taylor for as long as we can get him for most of the remainder of this season.
That goes for Fabricio Coloccini too, who was surprisingly withdrawn just before the game on Saturday with a rather persistant groin strain. It was really a shock that Fabricio missed the game because he had trained all last week with the squad.
The source added:
“This has been quite a serious injury and it’s one that he can’t take any chances on.”
With Zurab Khizanishvili likely to be banned for 3 matches following his red card on Saturday we may have to draft in another center-back.
However, Chris Hughton has come out today and praised young Tamas Kadar, so he may try to go with Tamas at Bramall Lane, and hopefully we’ll have at least Coloccini back by then.
Apart from his first half mistake, which led to the Doncaster goal, Tamas more than held his own and these outings will do him a world of good, after all he is one for the future, and he can do a job for the team this season.