Alan Pardew is a big admirer of Steven Taylor, Newcastle’s 26 year-old center-back who played great for Newcastle last season, until he badly injured his Achilles against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on December 1st.
Steven Taylor – training earlier this week
Taylor was among the Newcastle squad that arrived in eastern Germany tonight, even though the defender is unlikely to play tomorrow night against FC Chemnitzer , as he is carrying a slight hamstring pull, that he picked up earlier this week in training.
Steven has worked hard since his injury in getting back to full fitness again and spent some time in Portugal earlier this summer to get full fit with a member of Newcastle’s Physio staff, and it seems to have paid off.
This is what Alan pardew said yesterday:
“Steven has trained the whole summer and looks fantastic.” “At the moment he has a slight hamstring strain, which I’m okay about because it’s not his original injury – that’s been absolutely perfect.”
“It’s a question now of him toning his body and making sure we get a full season out of Steven, because last year and the season before this Club hasn’t had many full seasons out of him, and we are aware of that.”
“So the medical staff will keep a very close eye on him, we will watch him training and try to protect him to get him through the season.”
The time since January of 2010 has been a bit of a nightmare for Steven, as he picked up a serious knee injury against West Brom that month, that kept him out of the rest of the promotion season.
And then on his first game back at Carlisle United in July of 2010, he picked up a serious shoulder injury and didn’t start playing regularly again until later that year.
And even last season Steven suffered a broken nose (“there goes my modeling career”) and he was forced to wear a face mask, so he could keep playing at the back for the Magpies, so Steven has certainly been in the wars over the last thirty months or so.
Alan Pardew is well aware that a fully fit Steven Taylor all next season will be a boon to Newcastle, and he will be given various exercises in an effort to keep the defender full fit through the coming season.
It’s also not unusual that a player returning to full training, after a significant time off, picks up niggly little injuries, as his body get back to full fitness again, and the rigors of all out training and playing.