The news on Ryan Taylor is as bad as we thought it could be, and Ryan could well have damaged the ligaments in his knee and that is a very serious injury.
Ryan Taylor – damaged knee ligaments
If it’s the ACL – the anterior cruciate ligament – that could take many many months to recover from, and it’s what Michael Owen had in 2006, and it took him a full year to recover, but there are different levels of damage, so we still don’t know exactly how many months Ryan will be out.
And as soon as Ryan was injured last night, he seemed to know instinctively he was badly injured, but the fact that he was able to limp to the dressing room, suggests it’s not that bad, and maybe it’s a two month or three month recovery job?
This is what was put out about Ryan tonight on the Newcastle web-site:
Newcastle United can confirm that defender Ryan Taylor will be ruled out for several months after suffering a knee injury during Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against Atromitos.
The 28-year-old landed awkwardly having hurdled a tackle in the early stages of the match and, being in clear pain, was immediately substituted.
Taylor underwent a scan on Friday afternoon, of which the results showed he has sustained a serious injury which will see him sidelined for months rather than weeks.
Everyone at Club wishes the popular player well in his recovery from the injury.
Alan Pardew had this to say:
“Sleeping on it, we have got good cover for Ryan with James Tavernier in particular and James Perch, who can play those roles, so we will probably go with what we have got now and in January, maybe look at it.”
Certainly James Perch can play well at full back, but nobody has the free kick ability that Ryan has, that saved us last week in Athens, Greece when he scored with that wonderful free kick.
And while James Tavernier is a very promising full back, he showed last week in Athens that he still has a lot to learn, and he’s not ready for long term first team action – not yet anyway.
It’s really bad news for Ryan, who was looking to push for a starting place at Newcastle and looked in great form.
Unfortunately it also looks like Newcastle are not bothering to bring any new player in today as cover.
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