Steven Taylor May Be Out For The Season With Knee Injury

The last thing we want right now is for one of our top players to be sidelined for a matter of months, but that unfortunately now looks a possibility with center-back Steven Taylor.

Physio Steve Henderson shown with Steven Taylor

It seems there are fears growing over the extent of the knee injury that Taylor suffered, during a collision with Roman Bednar, in Monday night’s draw with West Brom.

Taylor will definitely miss today’s game at the Hawthorns, and Newcastle’s medical staff are right now awaiting results of tests that will tell them the extent of the injury.

If there is ligament damage, Taylor’s lay-off could be months rather than weeks, and that would be a cruel blow to Newcastle’s promotion chances, at such a critical time of the season.

In fact George Caulkin of the Times, probably the best reporter around on Newcastle United, and always a trusted source, thinks that Steven is already out for the season.

But we stress that this has not been confirmed by the Newcastle club, and we still have to hope for the best.

Hungarian Tamas Kadar is expected to partner Coloccini in today’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at West Brom.

Kadar has started just four matches in all competitions this season, but Chris Hughton feels, probably rightly so, that it is important to bring the 19 year-old along gradually, especially in a position so crucial as center-back.

The Newcastle boss said today:

“He’s young and a player we see as a developing player,”

“It’s a tough league this one and we’re talking about a young player in a position that’s generally what you call a man’s position.”

“You see a lot of good tough centre-halves in this division, and we feel the development we’re giving him is right for him.”

“He has ability, there’s no doubt about that. If we felt he was ready and the finished article, he’d have played more games, but we feel our approach is the right one, particularly given the position he plays.”

We have great belief in this youngster, and he plays a good safe game at the back, and was excellent in his last two games for Newcastle, playing quite majestically alongside the experienced Fabricio Coloccini.

We have to hope that Steven does not have knee ligament damage, but if he does, we will need to somehow get Mike Williamson in from Portsmouth quickly.

The best chance of that is probably to get the lad on loan through the end of the season, and with Tamas Kadar, we should be able to forge some strong center-back partnership in our remaining games.

But Fabricio Coloccini will need to step up to the plate if Steven is injured long term, but he’s shown he can do that many times this season, and we also have great faith in the Argentine International.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s like last season all over again. We were relegated through injuries and have cut down our squad by half this year. Ashley seems to love a gamble. Wonder if he’s ever tried Russian Roulette? Someone tell him it’s a good laugh…

  • Darryl

    Jan 23, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it will be nothing MAJOR, doubt it will be anything more than 2 months, otherwise it would of already been reported in the corona. I just hope kadar shows his promise, because from what i have seen, when he looks in good nick, he looks to be the makings of a top player. Kadar and Krul to be the here for a long time i would hope! We must of got knocked back by villa if we are persueing williamson so much…


    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    rodzilla is that u ?

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    sure thang MOONCRUST! Been off the radar a bit.


    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    thought batty had got you banned ?

  • Thump

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Let’s hope that this is all just paper talk, otherwise this is a massive, massive blow for the lads

  • curmon

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    West Broms tackling was pretty horrible, they conceded 5 yellow cards, it should have been more.
    I am sure vthat smug little **** de Matteo had them primed to inflict maximum damage. it looks as though they succeeded

  • Rodzilla

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Mooncrust, you’re obviously an adversary of Stardust with a name like that, I’ll suss out who you are eventually. Yeah, I got banned but Ed let me back in on good behaviour. I hadn’t read my emails for about 3 months, so just got de-blocked today. Needed a break from blogs and NUFC tittle-tattle for a bit anyway, was all doing mi swede in. Back now anyway. See ye later…………


    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #9

    komfort ?

  • ziad

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Bad news!! hope it is not true

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 23, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    If this is correct then fat tw*t needs to get some money out & buy a top defender & I don’t mean Williamson from Portsmouth. Steve Taylor has been immense this season & will be a huge loss.

  • OHurley

    Jan 23, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Rod, good to see ya back m8. I need to get your email address!


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