Let’s just say front we feel really sorry for Steven Taylor, that he’s now going to be out for the season with his Achilles injury.
Steven Taylor with referee Mike Dean Saturday
Since Taylor was injured in January of last year against WBA, he has played only 29 times for the side, and assuming he’s out until the summer e will have played only that number of times for Newcastle in 30 months.
And it makes it even harder to bear that Steven has been in the best form of his career for Newcastle and has been simply outstanding in Newcastle’s much improved defense this season.
Fro the record Steven has played a total of 202 times for Newcastle with 13 goals.
And Steven was naturally more than disappointed when he talked to the local press this morning:
“I’m absolutely devastated.” “I’ve been here before with my shoulder injury, and I’m just focused on working hard and getting back after the operation.”
“I’ve just got to get myself fit again.” “There’s no time limit, I’ll be ready when I’m ready.” “There’s no point rushing it – I’ve just got to make sure I’m right.”
“I thought someone had kicked me, but when I turned around there was no one there.” “It felt so weird – I’ve never felt anything like it.”
“I tried to walk and it was so sore – I didn’t know what was going on.” “I came off and Derek, Hendo and the doc examined it.”
“I’m in very good hands at the club – the medical staff and people behind the scenes are fantastic.” “We’ve got a fantastic team spirit in the dressing room, and I still want to be part of it.”
“I now want to help the lads – I’ll be kicking and heading every ball like every Newcastle fan. We’ve done fantastically well so far, and I’m sure we’ll kick on.”
“I just want to be involved.” “I’ll be involved with the lads every day.” “I wish them all the best. We were disappointed with the last result, but we’ve got quality all around the pitch, and we’ll stick together.”
Steven’s injury directly led to the two late Chelsea goals as for their second goal Steven was simply out of action having just ruptured his Achilles, and so we were short in central defense.
And then their third goal three minutes into injury time was when we had only 10 men on the field.
As we’ve said before, this is all so very tough on the Whitley Bay lad, but as he says he’ll be seeing the other players every day as he rehabilitates from what is always a very serious injury.
All Steven needs to do is get himself 100% fit again, and who knows when he comes back for next season, we may see Newcastle back in European competition again.