It will be great to have Steven Taylor back fit again, after recovering from his serious Achilles injury that he picked up in the final minutes of the games against Chelsea when we were 1-0 down.
Steven Taylor – back in training and looking good
Ir was because Steven couldn’t get back on defense because of his injury, that Chelsea scored the second goal, and then they got a third in added time, when we were down to 10 men – well that’s how I saw it in any case. 😀
Steven played his best football at Newcastle in that first part of the season, and if he can rekindle that form and stay fir, then no matter who may be brought in this summer, it could be that Coloccini and Taylor will be the central defenders for Newcastle.
But we heard yesterday form Mike Williamson that he’s up for the fight to get a starting position, and of course that’s exactly what we want – big competition for the starting places.
Ever since manager Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, he’s let it be known that Steven Taylor will be a big player for Newcastle, and in fact Alan helped to close the deal and Steven signed his new contract in late December of 2010.
So it’s not altogether surprising that the Newcastle manager is delighted to see Steven back on the training field, and he’s watched Steven in training the last couple of days, and he looks as good as ever, it seems.
The Newcastle manager had this to say to the local press today:
“I’m looking forward to having Steven running around and playing again.” “Having Steven back fit for pre-season is a big boost for us. He did very well last season before his injury.”
“He’s an important player for us, and we want everyone fit for what’s going to be a tough season.” “He’s hoping to have an injury-free season, and hopefully he will.”
And there’s has been a slight change in Newcastle’s pre-season friendlies, as the Evening Chronicle is reporting that FC Porto will not play Newcastle in the Algarve Stadium on 28th July, but that Braga will be our opponents instead.
A certain Hugo Viana plays for Braga, and the 29 year-old was in the Portugal squad for Euro 2012 squad.
Hugo Viana today
This is what Hugo looks like now, and while at Newcastle from 2002 until 2005 he didn’t have too much success, but he’s had a very decent career in Europe since he left Newcastle, and it will be good to see Hugo play again.
My son Neil was a big supporter of the Portuguese midfielder, and he has a cat named Hugo – yes you guessed it – he wasn’t named after Victor, the author of Les Miserables and other classics.
Wonder why Newcastle don’t release their pre-season schedule?
Here’s what we think it is:
|Fri 13 July KO 6;30 pm||Chemnitzer FC - Lost 1-0||Stadion an der Gellertstraße - Chermnitz, Germany|
|Mon 16 July KO 7:00 pm||AS Monaco - Won 1-0||Landsberg am Lech, Germany|
|Sat 21 July KO 7:30 pm||Fernerbahce - Drew 1-1||Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, Austria|
|Fri 27 July KO 8:45 pm||Olympiacos - Drew 1-1 4-4 on penalties||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:45 pm||FC Braga - won 2-1||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 4 August KO 5:00 pm||Den Haag - Drew 0-0||Kyocera Stadium, Den Haag|
|Tues 7 Aug KO 7:30 pm||Hartlepool - Won 5-1||Victoria Park, Hartlepool|
|Sat 11 Aug 3:00 pm||Cardiff - Lost 4-1||Cardiff City Stadium|
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