When asked over two weeks ago how long Steven Taylor would be out Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said about another month.
Steven Taylor – still four weeks away from comeback
And today Chris has given the same reply that it will be four weeks before we see Steven back in the fray.
But with Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini playing so well at the back for the Magpies there’s no reason at all to rush Steven back from the rather serious knee ligament injury he suffered against WBA in January.
That’s not to say Chris Hughton would ever rush Steven back, because one of the things the new Newcastle manager has shown this season is loads of common sense on most issues to do with the club.
And Chris has shown good sense in not rushing players back too early from injury, which has been done so much in the past at the Newcastle club.
Hughton wants to ensure Steven is in the best shape possible when he does return, and the manager will not do anything to hurry Taylor’s comeback.
He want to ensure the defender is in the best possible shape when he does return to the Newcastle side.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“He is still about four weeks away. I don’t think we can rush him back. He has to follow the program laid out by the medical department.”
“It was an injury that was always going to keep him out for a period of time and, if it is anything less, then it is a bonus.”
With the excellent form shown so far by Mike Williamson, it’s an open question as to what the best back four would be once Steven returns.
We’ve said often enough that it’s probably:
Taylor (S) Williamson Coloccini Enrique.
That looks like a very good Premier League defense to us, with three of them already experienced PL players.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.