Steven Taylor Will Not Play Again This Season


Steven Taylor was in the best form of his career earlier in the season,  when he formed a tremendous partnership with Fab Coloccini at the back for Newcastle.

Steven Taylor – a broken nose didn’t stop this local lad from playing

And it was Steven’s excellent form that allowed Newcastle to go the first 11 games unbeaten, and only concede 8 goals during that time.

Steven would throw himself in front of the ball to block shots, and he hardly ever thinks of his own safety, and of course he broke his nose and played in a mask for a couple of games too.

It will be great to have Steven back again for next season, but surely he has little chance of playing again this season.

The Newcastle manager seems more worried about Steven being fit and ready for pre-season training in the summer, as Alan Pardew had this to say today:

“ “He’s got a terrible injury. But Steven’s on the way back. He’s out of the boot, and we really hope he’ll make pre-season.”

“It’s still a long haul for him to get back from that injury.”  “He’s a great personality around the place. He’s funny and stupid, and everything in between!”  

“He makes me laugh.”  “It’s nice to have him about, and walking again.”

Steven Taylor had hoped to be back for Newcastle’s last game of the season against Everton on May 13th, but Alan Pardew is very unlikely to play him again this season.

Alan did much the same last season with both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, who were coming back from long term injuries,  and that’s sensible because it gives them that extra couple of months to recover before pre-season starts up.

Steven has had a very tough time with injuries since January of 2010, when he missed the rest of the Championship winning season with a knee injury,  and indeed he’ s played only 29 times for Newcastle over the last two years with 3 goals.

Let’s hope that Steven can play next season a lot more than the 15 appearances he made this season, and we think  this local lad can be a top player for Newcastle United in the seasons ahead.

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75 comments so far

  • seantoon

    Feb 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Could have told you that a month ago Ed mate. Nolan sent off the little porker

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  • bambams

    Feb 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont really think many of us believed he would play again this season. As long as he is looked after and brought back correctly and not rushed like we have with players during the Sourness management.

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  • hrocks

    Feb 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    its a shame for taylor that his career has been blighted by bad injuries. lets hope this is the last one for the next few years. if he can stay fit he has a great oppertunity to be main stay in the england team

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  • seantoon

    Feb 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Seen as though we’ve no game today I might go cheer on my local team Lee Clarkes Huddersfield. See how Smithy and Tavenier get on for Mk Dons!

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Arsenal up within 2 mins 😐

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Ok can we just get this straight. All this talk of Taylor coming back at the end of the season was propaganda. Same with him attending pre season.
    He ruptured his Achilles tendon. That means he snapped it. The Achilles is the biggest strongest and thickest tendon in the body. When you snap it, I’m afraid its goodnight for around a year. Thats for you and I for a premier league footballer who has access to daily physio and rehab?…a little less…maybe. We have to remember the tendon has to be strong enough to support him twisting and turning on the pitch. So expect to see Taylor back around October and DO NOT listen to the ‘propaganda feel good machine’ that will be getting your hopes up. Just accept he gone for a very long time and hope Ashley gets decent cover in the meantime.

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow, strong message from Obertan in the chronicle just now.
    All the Obertan haters needs to read it, then hang your head in shame. This guy knows it’s all about his confidence and to continusly improve. The last line in the article shows that he’s a human being, and a good one at that.

    Voice your opinion, but stop the bashing.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Such a shame when injuries hound a player’s career. I didn’t expect to see Taylor this season but I kind of assumed he’d be fit for preseason, really hope he is. I did my achilles in July and have only started playing football again in the last fortnight, and that was a crush injury rather than a rupture, so I know how bad achilles injuries can be. All I can say is that if there was anyone who could shrug off an injury prematurely then it’s Taylor, he’s an absolute warrior! Good luck to him, can’t wait to see him back in black n white. Him and Colo are such a solid defensive partnership.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    thebionicMAG

    I’ve ruptured my achilles tendon before and I were unable to use it or participate in sport for 3 months (I run, cycle, play squash and am as fit as a fiddle). Then it took a further 2 months of physiotherapy, to regain the strength and confidence to start doing more robust exercises. So I’d say preseason is a reasonable target.

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  • seantoon

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Does no one else think Habid Beye is worth a punt until the end of this season as back up player? I heard he’s been released by villa. He could still do a decent job I always thought he was a good player

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Rowan did you rupture it? And if so completely or partially like Beckham?

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    The worst thing about such an injury as a CB, is that the area affected is your ‘springs’, so he’ll have to do a lot of jumping and landing exercises to loosen it up and regain the elasticity.

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  • Doilatoon

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Off,I feel sorry for the lad!!

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    surefootedShola

    I’m sorry but it you totally snapped your Achilles i simply do not believe you were sidelined for 3 months its impossible. Sounds to me like you had a partial rupture…i.e. tore it which is nowhere near as bad. As far as the info I got on Taylor was that he completely snapped it. so 2 months in plaster cast after his operation before the rest of his rehab can commence.
    Also you are not an elite athlete so going for a little jog, playing a bit of squash and cycling is not exactly the same as the high impact, velocity and intensity Taylors Achilles must handle in the premiership. I say around October…possibly sooner but def not pre season IF he snapped it. If the reports were wrong and he partially ruptured it then yes maybe pre season but i still doubt it.

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  • nufcburty

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Team for Tomorrow

    ……………..Krul……………..

    Simmo….willo…..colo…..santon

    …………………Guthrie……………….

    Obertan…………………..Gutierrez

    ………………Ben Arfa………………

    ………BA………..Cisse/Best…….

    Think this would provide a very strong back with Guthrie covering at centre back and being able to spread the ball out wide to obertan and Jonas. Also Jonas and Obertan like to come inside, where they’ll find Ban Afra, give it him, form there he can play the front men through, run with it, or shoot. Also Obertan and Jonas can get back. Strongest squad available. what do you think?

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  • LewSpi

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17

    1-1 in Arsenal game

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    bionicMAG

    It totalled 5 months before I could do anything remotely tasking. I’m likely fitter than most footballers, considering I regularly run over 40+kms a week and look to run at least 2 marathons a year, currently with a best time of 4:03:35. Footballers aren’t really ‘elite athletes’, even in the modern era. People are impressed when they manage to rack up 12kms in a 90 minute match.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #19

    So yeah, with specialist treatment and prudence I still think it’s probable he’ll be ready for early July. Anyway, we’ll see, I’m not in the business of arguing over unknowns.

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  • rknufc

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    damn arsenal leading 3-1 at ht

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  • LewSpi

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #21

    I hate when we play on a Sunday, the crack is just non existant all weekend.

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Ok surefooted i didn’t realise you were as fit as you are, so apologies for that.
    I was an elite athlete and competed internationally in athletics. I was a jumper so I know all about the achilles and the injuries around it. I currently am a personal trainer specialising in advanced strength and conditioning. The reason for my opinion is that i’ve seen many of these injuries to athletes and have seen and been involved in the rehab process. Its not just about the healing its also about getting it strong enough to combat the extreme stresses the premiership will offer. Also premiership footballers are indeed elite athletes. Elite also constitutes their skill with the ball, their vision and awareness, not just their fitness which judging by your post seem to think is all about running. Where as you’d destroy me in a marathon no question, i guarantee you wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a gym environment doing weighted circuits with me, or lift anywhere near the weight with an Olympic bar. Not being disrespectful just highlighting that there are different types of fitness and for Taylor and his achilles its not just about running.

    My post was about the propaganda machine surrounding his injury. We’ll see at the end of the season, pre season and around October if i’m right or not.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    seantoon – Beye is 34 lol no better than Simpson/Taylor/Santon or Tavernier for that matter.. plus hes close to agreeing a deal with Doncaster

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  • LewSpi

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Arsenal 5-1 after 54 mins. Destroying them.

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  • seantoon

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Not saying he’s better than any of them but if Simpson Colo Williamson or perch got injured who’s going to be our backup I’d rather have him as backup till the end of the season rather than no one at all

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #26

    seantoon – R.Taylor and Tavernier(recall)

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  • Mancgeordie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    If hargreaves was released by man city would anyone take him if the deal was right?

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  • James_NUFC_92

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #28

    We need to win tomorrow to go back above arsenal and let them know they are staying below us ! 🙂

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Watching the interview with Alan Smith! Top guy, thanks for the contribution in the championship season! Not good enough for the top level but a great pro!

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Mancgeordie! Would take him if he’s fit! Nit sure he is tho, if he was he’d have been playing for City when toure left!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Mancgeordie – only on a pay as you play deal

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  • Mancgeordie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Gt89 i would give him somethin simaler to ba say 10k a week an 20k app fee rolling deal get him now that gives us a year to work with him gettin him ready so this time nxt year when tiote goes acon again what a experianced cover we could have with guthrie, gosling, vuckic also it would mean you wouldn’t have to rush abied devolpment or rely so much on raylor or perch

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  • Mancgeordie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Its just the amount of positions he can play n if he could get to level that was just half the player he was he could be a bargain don’t forget he will have done 7 months trainin n rehab all ready with city

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Sure footed and Bionic MAG, i enjoy your banter about fitness and who is the best gym fairy however, taylor is good hands at the club with serious sport specialists in his field, sure footed, although 4 hr marathon time may be fit in your eyes, believe me it is all relative, and boasting about yout fitness in relation to that time really doesnt impress people, Personal Fitness trainers in my experience couldnt run a bath, actually physically scared of getting their heart rate up, ive seen some faint at the sight at a treadmill over 16k an hour, stick to lifting weights and pretending to be fit, working on your core and all that.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    thebionicMAG

    Sorry for late reply, mine was jut a crush injury, not a tear or a rupture which was lucky. I didn’t have a scan, much to my physiotherapist’s dismay, but she suspects there may have been a number of small tears. It was a bad crush though and I was on crutches for 11 weeks, unable to work for 18 weeks and out of football for 6 months. I still feel it now but hopefully it’s on the mend. As you know yourself mate, achilles injuries are right buggers!

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Woops I mean tare not tear, there were no tears, honest!

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Ahhh thought so Rowan. you take care with it stretch it out by toes on a stair and heels to the floor.
    They are indeed buggers! Good luck with it…and good luck to Taylor. He was outstanding and is being sorely missed. For the record I hope I am 100% wrong in my opinion and the reports on him having a total rupture were untrue cause we need this player back ASAP!
    HWTL!

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  • thebionicMAG

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Wow Cheik your experience of personal trainers is pretty grim!
    Some I agree are well…crap. Others are outstanding. If you ever want a session that I guarantee will change your opinion on personal training, get in touch and I’m being serious because I take my profession serious and get kick out of changing peoples lives. Don’t worry I will not shy away from any machine, weight or treadmill. 😉

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Maybe I’m just spoiled but the groundskeepers at stoke did a horrid Job of clearing that pitch of snow….. Big patches of snow all over the Pitch… Any threat of snow tommorow on tyneside

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Sounds good bionic, you local, might let you convince me that you like to put a bit of effort in, however bit above me fighting weight currently need to lose a bit of puppy fat, thats before i would let anyone torture me with some strength and conditioning, must say it is something i neglect and probably pay for in injuries, i will bear it in mind,

    Just humours me sometimes when people like to talk about how fit they are, IMO, people shouldnt, theres always somebody properly fit potentially listening. i would agree with sure fooed about something tho, i believe the majority of pro footballers neglect cardio exercise, that why our team has been doing so well early season everybody was capable of decent cardio effort, unlike the team the last few weeks who are carrying a couple currently who blow after running 10 metres, it makes you think what they actually do in training, we know who those are.

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