Steven Taylor should return from injury in about a month, but manager Chris Hughton is in no hurry to rush him back.
Steven Taylor – back in about a month
That’s hardly surprising with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson in such fine form at the moment and Fitz Hall also pushing for a starting place in central defense.
Fitz has played just 3 games at Newcastle so far and will be hoping to get in a lot more games through the end of the season. After all you usually go out on loan so you’ll play more games.
Chris Hughton talked about Steven Taylor to the Evening Chronicle and about when the fans should expect him back:
“As far as him coming back in March, I think the answer would be no.” “He was in a knee brace for a good period of time, but he is now out of the brace.
“He’s walking again and building up his strength.” “I hope he will be back at some stage in April.”
“What we can say is that Steven Taylor is making progress and looking forward to playing again this season.” “We’ll know soon just exactly how long that will be.”
There’s no doubt that Newcastle are now very strong at center back with Coloccini, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Hall and 19 year old up and coming Hungarian Tamas Kadar.
But there’s also no doubt that Steven is a starter when he’s fit, and he himself will want to get back into the side and help his local team get promoted at the first time of asking.
After all the Greenwich-born 23 year-old was one of the first players to come out and say last summer he wanted to stay on Tyneside and get the club back into the Premier League.
And his form before he got injured was top class for the former England U21 captain.
So it seems when Steven is fit there will be terrific competition for the starting two central defensive positions, but that’s exactly what we want to see in every position on the field.
Since Steven is more than useful at right back it wouldn’t surprise us if Chris played the lad at right back, at least initially, and fielded a back four of Taylor Coloccini Williamson Enrique.
Not too bad a back four at all.