Bad News – Steven Taylor Could Be Out For The Season

It doesn’t seem like it’s very good news on the injury front at all,  following today’s 3-0 defeat against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.

Steven Taylor – Achilles injury could be very serious

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is set to undergo a scan on an Achilles injury he sustained near the end of today’s match, and there are now fears he could even miss the rest of the season.

And his center-back partner, Fabricio Coloccini,  also came off injured in the first half, and he has a thigh strain and is unlikely to be fit for next Saturday’s game at Norwich.

It looks likely that Newcastle will need two new center-backs for next Saturday’s game at Norwich, but Mike Williamson, the only really recognized replacement,  is still out injured with an ankle injury.

After the match today manager Alan Pardew talked to Sky Sports about the two injuries:

“We’ll have to wait and see.” “Coloccini has got a thigh strain, so maybe next week or the week after we might be struggling. Steven looks a little more serious.”

While the Newcastle medics are not exactly sure the state of Steven’s Achilles injury they are fearful it may be really serious.

This is also bad news for Steven himself,  who has only just returned this season from almost 18 months of injuries, and he has been in the best form of his career on Tyneside this season – Steven has been outstanding as has club captain Coloccini, so this is a big blow to the side.

James Perch came on for Colo in the first half, and there’s also Tamas Kadar, who played well for Newcastle during the promotion season, but the Hungarian International has dropped down the pecking order since then, and his Newcastle career is even said to be in jeopardy.

But this could be a great chance for the Hungarian to show what he can do for Newcastle, and even save his career on Tyneside.

The Newcastle squad is paper thin,  we all knew that, and now we have to hope that Alan Pardew will be allowed to strengthen the squad in January, with at least a couple of defenders as well as a striker.

After all it could be worth it to maintain Newcastle’s great start to this season, and it could be that Newcastle could even fix up a loan deal for an experienced central defender in January.

Mike Williamson will be ready to return to training in about 10 days but he will need a few weeks to get some match practice and sharpen up.

This is why the top teams have such strong squads, and it’s a big weakness of Newcastle this season,  and it could even submarine their wonderful and exciting start to the season.

But the next few games now look to be a challenge for the side, simply because of the lack of suitable replacements at center-back, and it could become a big test of both Alan Pardew’s management and motivation skills.

Comments welcome.

128 comments so far

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Well this aint good…

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I hav faith n perch n kadar u never kno someone gets a chance they grab it with both hands n this is kadars chance to prove he has a future here

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I hav faith in kadar, its just i’m scared everytime perch is on the pitch in case hes f****s up by scorin an own goal or gettin sent off :S

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #4

    perch makes me panic everytime he touches the ball :S

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #5

    If this is true al cry, at first the staff thought it was possibly ligaments but its looking bad now :/

    A see Giroud scored another goal tonight to add to his growing list of goals and also Nolan Roux scored another 2 aswell

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #6

    back 4 for norwich game???

  • Toon Follower

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #7

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad news perch is blue square premier quality…and thats being kind!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jarra

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Have to agree I think S Taylor has been outstanding this season far more composed and has an excellent partnership with Collo.
    We must not lose sight that this is only our second season since return form relegation and the superb start of the season probably got a few of us dreaming a little ahead of ourself.
    I think AP and his staff have worked wonders with this squad and I have every confidence in we will continue to progress. These last 3 matches have given us an opportunity to see where we are and I tell you what I took more positives than negatives and with that foundation I am looking forward to the future.
    Godbless Gary Speed may you rest in peace and I thought the finest tribute was the words out of Bobby Robsons mouth at lunchtime today from the BBC archives on football focus, I hope you two have met up by now upstairs.

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch is too small to play CB, he looked like a 10 year old against drogba 2day

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #10

    TBF he cant play RB either

  • Beattie25

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I think everyone is forgetting 1 person, James Tavernier. I think we will be able to recall him. He is match fit, young talent and will be eager. I remember pre season AP saying he could play RB/CB. MY team for Norwich:

    GK- Krul
    RB- Simpson
    CB- Tavernier
    CB- Kadar
    LB- Santon
    CM- Tiote/Guthrie
    CM- Cabaye
    LW- Guti
    CF- Best/Shola
    CF- Ba

    That is a team that could beat Norwich. The only reason I would drop Benny is to get extra height on the field to defend set pieces.


    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Has sanity returned to the blog yet? Or should I give it 24 hrs?

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #13


    Sack the board, sack the manager, Relegation looms………….Good enough for ya?

  • rknufc

    Dec 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #14

    krul 9
    simmo 6
    s.taylor 8
    colo 6
    raylor 4
    obertan 6
    cabaye 6
    guthrie 6
    lovenkrands 7
    ben arfa 6
    ba 6

    perch 6
    shola 7
    sammy 6

  • Graeme

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, today’s game clearly showed we need a proper goal scorer, a genuine No 9 and I don’t think Maiga is the answer to be honest!!

    We were pulled all over the place and after the first 20 minutes we seemed to accept we were 2nd best – probably the poorest performance since Pardeau took over.

    At times the passing was woeful, the defending pitiful – a long, long way from our expectations after the way we played both games in Manchester. We looked nothing like a top 7 club so hope it was just a one off!!!

    Unfortunately, the Injury plague struck with a vengeance – just hope Pardeau gets the “New” defensive unit up to speed pdq – Santon has to start, Kadar can make a name for himself and I’m sure a few of our young’uns will be itching for a game next week.


  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike Dean looks like Jasper Carrott

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Inter Milan r doin shite atm, theyre 15th 😛


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #18

    As long as that was said in jest then aye…if it was serious I will see ya in 24 hours

    Worst performance since Pard took over? U have missed a few matches then fella

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew has already said perch will play next week lay off the kid man he was good today

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #20

    this is a tough one. I think we all know perch is gonna be getting the start, whether we like it or not. i think the biggest shame in all of this is that santon AGAIN may not be part of it next week, even with both sayls and colo out. Pards could call up Kadar or even (super long shot) give Streete his chance…

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Could call jeff Henderson up aswell

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Remi streete is gonna b a hell of a player but he’s only 16 he ain’t ready yet

  • niffnoff

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Well. Ryder reckons 6 weeks for Saylor out. I’d rather go off that. Cwarr is tweeting out for the season

  • geoff777

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s an opportunity for Perch and Kadar.
    Especially Kadar, this might get the lad back on track.

    Plus a reserve/academy CB on the bench.

    So long as they try 100% and I’m sure they will, we can’t ask for more.

    This is football, we’ll put out the best team we can.
    Bring on Norwich.


  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #25

    i’d go with streete over henderson any day. Unfortunately i feel the latter’ll be one of those names we hear about on in a few years and say “ah! i remember him!”

    anyway, if it were completely up to my discretion, i’d recall Tavs, have him on the bench and line-up like this:


    gawk, go ahead, but even if perch’s defensive positioning may be better than tiote’s (and that is HIGHLY debatable) i’d rather have the conservative Kadar, who happens to be quite comfortable on the ball as well, recovering for tiote who’s just vicious and relentless. a risk? no doubt, but our best option in my eyes. this is all just conjecture of course, cause tiote probably again won’t be fit


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Perch and Kadar most likely, outside chance of a mostly fit Williamson or a out of position Santon

    Perch am fairly confident about, Kadar am not sold on, Williamson I am dreaming of and Santon I would have very little faith in

  • Beattie25

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    @ Beattie25 – (10)

    Good shout for Tavernier like!!!

    More natural in that position than Perch… oh wait, it was me that put that.


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #28

    I am sure our deficiency down the left flank, will provide Pardew with the amunition he needs to persuade Ashley to dip into his pocket. and bring in much needed reinforcements at the back.
    We need at least one fullback and a centre half, probably two and preferably adaptable players who can cover at least two positions.
    The team we have is excellent but if Guitierez is missing Raylor is targeted by other teams (he is not a fullback and finds himself out of position, other teams are aware of this)
    The injuries are mounting up now and the lack of depth in the squad is a concern but i’m sure Pardew will plug the gaps in January, he isn’t a mug.

  • pardew no 1

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #29

    who needs collo or saylor when we have perch

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    That cb from Montpellier is a must now petiers aswell but he has a broken foot

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Ffs the ppl slagging perch r really showing them selfs up for knowing zilch on football, perch was pretty solid today n has been all season ppl r slagging him jus for the sake of slagging him

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Inter r getttin beat off Udinese

  • davybtoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Plus u b ashamed slaughtering your own players like that when they don’t even deserve it

  • Special K

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Want to get back onto Montpellier about their centre half, in Graham Carr we trust right *

    Hopefully Willo ain’t too far away, never thought he was far away from Saylor myself.

    *in all cases except Obertan


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Haha davy this is a rare occurance but I think we agree on Perch. Last season when played at RB he was terrible and he has been marked by that since but when played where he is suited (CB or CDM) he has looked decent at worst and impressive at best this season

  • nufc90

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #36

    am i right in that steven taylor walked off the pitch when he came off?
    surely if he ruptured achilles like rumors suggest he wouldn’t be able to walk?

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #37

    WWJBD i agree with u mate


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Special K
    Obertan was running riot against Stoke and Man Utd…yes he has some dodgy games but he is still very young and hasent had a good run of games in a long time

    If Marv was fit I’d have Obertan on the bench but he has a season to prove his worth and hold his place so good luck to him


    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #39

    On Saylor, Ryder said 6 weeks and another northeast journo said it was getting assessed tomorrow….not sure where him being out for the season has come from? Have I missed something?

  • Beattie25

    Dec 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #40

    @ davybtoon

    I agree with you whole heartedly with regards to PErch. He was solid today and I was more than impressed with him in the second half.

    However I worry for Perch. Not for any lack of ability as I beleive he could do a job, but I do worry for the fact he is a DM and without an experienced CB to go along side him he may struggle to lead the back line. I personally would like to see 2 inexperienced CB’s playing in position than an experienced DM playing there. It’s a lot of pressure to put anybody under but I think youngsters have a lot less fear and feel the pressure a little less. Perch doesn’t deserve the criticism, but he also doesn’t have the ability to play at CB for the next 5 games.


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