It must be hard for local lad Steven Taylor to be sitting on the sidelines, when Newcastle are doing so well in the Premier League.
Steven Taylor – should be back for pre-season training
Newcastle have already qualified for the Europa League, and while yesterday’s disaster at Wigan will hamper Newcastle’s chances of getting into the top four and the Champions League, the lads have been magnificent this season – there’s no doubt about that.
Indeed, we could have done with Steven playing yesterday, because this lad never lacks intensity when he wears that black and white shirt, and was playing his best football for Newcastle before he damaged his Achilles against Chelsea, and put himself out of action for the rest of the season.
But the good news today is that he should be back, fit and well, for the pre-season, and potentially for some European qualifying games in August.
Steven said this in the The Independent today:
“For the first two weeks after I did it, I was at my mam and dad’s and you don’t realise how useless you feel.”
“You’re on crutches and I couldn’t move around the place. You don’t know what is happening. You’re thinking, ‘Is this it for me?’. It has been a long, long road.”
“The medical staff have been brilliant. It would have been so much harder without them, and the coaching staff and the gaffer have kept me around the lads.”
“Every day they ask how I am and that is a big encouragement. I should be back ready for pre-season training and it has taken a lot of hard work.”
I tore my Achilles straight through in September of 2009, when I was trying to push my son’s car on my own (bad decision), so I have some idea of what Steven has been going through, and it is tough.
Of course Steven will have had the very best treatment, so that the Achilles doesn’t thicken, and that he maintains the mobility in his ankle.
Steven is potentially a starting center-back whoever Newcastle bring in over the summer, and it’s always great to have a local lad playing in the Newcastle side.
It must have been really difficult to have him sit on the sidelines, while Newcastle have performed so above their station this season.
After yesterday’s huge disappointment, we are hoping the lads can rectify the situation by turning up in all of our last three matches, with the intensity the Wigan players had yesterday.
If we can do that we could still surprise ourselves – and that’s what we are hoping for.