News today that Ryan Taylor had his ankle ligaments damaged by a Sol Campbell tackle in training last week, and will now be out for some time, after having an operation on his ankle yesterday in London.
Ryan Taylor – crocked by Sol Campbell unfortunately
Sol Campbell has struggled for fitness this season on Tyneside, and it was Sol who tackled Taylor last week at the training ground, and caused the Liverpudlian’s ankle ligament damage.
A Newcastle source said today:
“Sol thought Ryan was winding him up when he appeared at the game at the weekend on crutches.”
“Ryan was understandably surprised as he was clattered into by Sol. This tackle has probably ended his season.”
“Sol said sorry eventually but only after he realized just how badly injured Ryan was.”
We remember last week when manager Chris Hughton said Ryan had an ankle injury and therefore wasn’t available for the Fulham game, but Chris didn’t know at that time the injury was a lot more serious than Newcastle medics first thought.
Chris said today:
“It’s very disappointing to lose Ryan for this period of time.” “Although he hasn’t played as much football as he would have liked, he has been a very important and valuable member of our squad this season.”
Ryan has not had too many appearances for Newcastle this season, four appearances with two goals to be exact, but he’ll get even less games now, as he is expected to be out long term, and today Newcastle have said they expect it to be three months before Ryan comes back.
Ryan went under the surgeon’s knife yesterday in a London hospital and now faces a long recoevery, but of course these things do happen in training, and it’s unfortunate, to say the least.
Ryan talked about the accident:
“These things happen on the training ground but it’s not great for me. I face a long, hard winter now.”
This is bad news for Newcastle fans, because even though Ryan had not played too much this season for the first team, he is still a good and experienced player, and could have helped Newcastle in their battle to remain in the Premier League.
That’s now Hatem Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor out for some considerable time, with Ryan expected back in the middle of February and the Frenchman expected to return from his broken leg around the middle of March.