The News Of The World is reporting today that Newcastle will be without their experienced and talented center-back, Steven Taylor until October.
Seven Taylor – another lengthy injury
The former England Under-21 captain, who is now 24, dislocated his shoulder in a friendly at Carlisle last week, and that was his first game back for the club since suffering a bad knee injury against WBA in January.
Steven has now had his shoulder pinned and must wait at least 8 weeks before he can start training again.
This is a major set-back for the player, who has hardly played this year, and Steven was an experienced Premier League player with over 150 appearances for Newcastle, while they were in the Premier League.
Danny Simpson is already out until September, and the Magpies have only Fabrico Coloccini, Mike Williamson and new boy James Perch who can play in central defense.
Maybe that means Hughton will go after Arsenal center-back Sol Campbell, who certainly has the experience, and could even assist in further developing players like Steven and Mike.
Another option is a loan move to bring someone in to cover for Steven until he is fit again, mcuh like the club did when they brought in Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea in late January, to cover for the injured Jose Enrique.
That loan deal worked out terrifically well, but we now expect to see a new center-back brought in by Chris – and quickly too.
Manchester City have Nedum Onuoha and former England player Micah Richards are available for transfer, but Newcastle are unlikely to be able to afford Richards, although Onuoha would seem to be a decent buy.
Written from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.