We had hoped that Steven Taylor would be available for the first team at the beginning of October, but it looks as though it’s going to be at least two weeks longer than that before Steven can return to the Newcastle first team squad.
Steven Taylor – back mid-October
Chris Hughton has today said that he doesn’t expect the 24 year-old local lad to be back in action until mid-October.
And it seems like that niggling knee injury that midfielder Danny Guthrie has had this season, will keep him out of action for at least another two weeks.
Taylor was placed on the transfer list on August 25th, but Hughton named him in the Newcastle 23-man first team squad, so he can play in the Premier League – but why on earth wouldn’t he have done that?
Hughton has insisted Taylor still has a future at Newcastle and the manager told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As far as Steven is concerned, we are still looking at about five weeks or so.” “We’ll continue to assess his situation like we would with any injury.” “He still has a part to play for Newcastle.”
And the Carling Cup 3rd round tie at Chelsea in just over a couple of weeks could be Danny Guthrie’s first appearance of the season, although exactly what kind of side Chris will field for that game is unknown at the moment.
Guthrie’s last game was on August 7th at Ibrox when we were beaten 2-1 by Rangers, and Chris thinksanny will be back in two weeks, as he said today:
“It will still be two weeks for Danny. However, this is certainly not a long-term problem.” “We expect him back in the frame quite soon.”
Even though Newcastle have made a good start to the season they still have quite a number of good players that have not been available for selection – which shows how much the squad has been improved this summer.
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