We thought of Steven Taylor on Monday night, a lad who was brought up on Tyneside as a Newcastle supporter, and how he seemed to miss out on the terrific celebrations at Plymouth.
Steven Taylor – back in training
But good news this morning that Steven has now returned to training at Newcastle, following his terrible knee injury he suffered in January against WBA.
It’s hardly surprising that Steven is anxious to be part of Saturday’s game with Ipswich Town, but is unlikely to be ready to play in that game.
Toon gaffer Chris Hughton says Taylor will be involved in the post-game celebrations and the presentation of the Championship trophy, which is great to hear.
Fitz Hall is out and Coloccini and Gutierrez are still doubtful for the game on Saturday, and of course 19 year-old Nile Ranger’s season is over because of his ankle injury.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Steven was back in training and that was good to see.” “It is about making sure he is right.”
“I think it would have been frustrating for him watching the Plymouth game, but nobody here is under-estimating the big part he has played in what we have achieved this season.”
“He’s played a lot of games and he was in really good form.” “He’s given us a lot this season.”
And as far as the celebrations after the game are concerned Steven will definitely be part of those, and he will no doubt be looking forward to those after stating last summer that he wanted to help Newcastle get straight back to the PL.
Steven started 21 games for Newcastle this season before his knee injury put him out for almost the rest of the season, and the altercation with Andy Carroll didn’t help things either.
Chris talked about the celebrations on Saturday after the game:
“He will absolutely be part of the celebrations.” “We’ll see – he’s training today, but he’s been out for a long time, and I have to be mindful of that.”
“He’s played a lot of games. He was in really good form, and people here aren’t underestimating what he’s given this team.”
“If he’d have missed a similar amount of time at the beginning of the season, his profile would have been a little bit higher now.”
It will be very good to see Steven at the game on Saturday, and of course he is a very experienced player for Newcastle and will play a big part for Newcastle next season in the Premiership.
If his training goes well, we would expect Taylor to play some part in the QPR game a week on Sunday – which is Newcastle’s last game of the season.