There’s been very little real news on Steven Taylor’s broken nose, and whether he will be able to take the field on Monday night at Stoke City.
Steven Taylor – mask being fitted by specialist
And the news today is that Steven could be wearing a mask on Monday night, where he will be badly needed to shore up the Newcastle defense, and the club has had a specialist come over from America to fit the mask for Steven, so that’s good news.
The specialist will remain on Tyneside to ensure all is OK with the former England U21 captain, who has also had his broken nose reset after Saturday’s game against Wigan.
And whereas Steven should play in his protective mask, Newcastle will leave it late to make a decision on Cheick Tiote’s injured knee, and Danny Guthrie will again deputize at the Britannia Stadium, if the in-form Ivorian doesn’t make the game.
There’s been a lot of work done on Steven’s nose and he has already seen a specialist and had the nose reset – so maybe his modeling career is not over after all. 😀
Newcastle assistant manager John Carver is doing the interview duties today, and he told the local press about Steven’s status:
“Steven has had a small operation on his nose to set it again.” “He’s getting his mask sorted out and had the specialist come over here from America to make sure everything was OK with it.”
“The advantage of our game being on the Monday is that it’s given us some extra time to recover from Wednesday night.” “We know it is going to be a battle at Stoke.”
“There are no secrets there and we know about the physical threat the game poses, plus there are the set plays to deal with.”
“It is a narrow pitch and you could see in their recent European game the difference because the legislation in UEFA games that means you have to play by a set dimension.”
“We went there last season and lost 4-0.” “So we are looking to put that right too.” “Everybody is looking forward to the game and keeping this run going.”
Taylor missed the game on Wednesday evening, and it’s been noticeable that Newcastle have leaked goals in the Carling Cup this season, although all three games went to overtime, but none to penalties.
Wednesday night was the first time Newcastle have conceded four goals, and the last time was at Stoke although Stoke was worse because it was just over the 90 minutes.
Newcastle still have the best defensive record in the football league, and have conceded only 6 goals in their nine league games so far, being one goal better than Manchester City.
Shola Ameobi wore a protective mask earlier in the year, after he broke his cheek-bone against Fulham, and Shola went over to America to get the mask fitted. He also took some time to get used to his mask, and even said it hurt him during the games.
However, Steven Taylor is a warrior, and we expect him to be in the starting line-up at Stoke City on Monday night, as Newcastle attempt to recover from their first loss of the season, and try to keep piling up those points in the league.
We expect Alan Pardew to go back to the defense that played last Saturday, with Ryan Taylor coming back for 20 year-old Davide Santon at left back.
Alan Pardew will likely help Davide Santon adjust to the extra quickness and physical nature of the Premier League, by giving him a number of substitute appearances.
The Newcastle defense will need to be at their very best on Monday night, if the lads are to get anything out of this game, and not suffer their second defeat in a row.
What do you think?