Chris Hughton has still not said what the extent of Steven Taylor’s injury is, although there are reports today that he has knee ligament damage, and could be out for two months.
Steven Taylor – still not clear the extent of his injury
Chris says the club’s medical staff have still not had time to assess the problem fully, but that seems strange given that the injury happened over a week ago now.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It is too early to say how long Steven Taylor will be out. He’s definitely out for a short period of time and he won’t play against Crystal Palace.”
“We must make sure we have appropriate cover in that area, but we were looking to strengthen in that area anyway, so nothing has changed in that respect.”
“We need that period of time for the medical staff to assess the extent of the injury. We are not looking long-term at the moment, unless we are told otherwise.”
“We’ll know over the next few days.” “It would be unfair for me to say anything more at this stage.”
This is becoming rather a strange case, since surely the club should should know the full extent of Steven’s knee injury, since they’ve already had scans completed on the knee.
It’s unusual and we have to hope that it turns out that the injury is not as bad as first thought, and with Chris saying they don’t think it’s long term, that’s could be good news.
But it does appears the medical staff are just not sure, and it would be wise to get the lad off to see a top knee specialist, like Dr. Richard Steadman for example, of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, Colorado.
He is recognized as one of the best knee surgeons in the world, and has operated on players like Ronaldo (Brazil), Alan Shearer and Michael Owen. and it would be worthwhile to Newcastle to get his input on Steven’s injury.
Steven is a very valuable player for Newcastle United not only this season, but in the future.