News today that Steven Taylor has been included in the provisional Great Britain squad for the London Olympics this summer.
Steven Taylor in GB provisional squad
Steven has been out since early December with an Achilles injury, and it’s hard to think he could be fit enough to play for Great Britain in late July – the first games are on July 26th – but it’s possible.
Taylor is in a list of 80 players that Stuart Pierce, who is a big fan of Steven Taylor – he was his captain for the England U21 side a few years back – has announced and the players are on standby for the Games.
We suppose it’s possible Steven could make the games, because he will have around three weeks of pre-season training before the Games, but it could also be a risk if he is pushed back too quickly.
Newcastle are unlikely to be too happy about this, since Steven is hardly physically fit or match-fit right now, although he has been on the come-back trail for around six months since he snapped his Achilles (ouch!) in the home game with Chelsea in early December.
Stuart Pearce will announce his final squad of 23 in the next few weeks – although officially he’s got until mid-July to do that.
We think this is a nod to Steven, that his great form for Newcastle in the first part of last season had not gone unnoticed by England, and it will be a little bit of a spur to the local lad to regain his fitness and start starring again for Newcastle United next season.
Sounds good to us.