One of the players showing really good form from the start this season was Ryan Taylor, but as luck would have it, the 28 year-old picked up a serious ACL injury on Thursday night in the 1-0 win against Atromitos, and will be out for many months unfortunately – and he was shown at the game yesterday with his young son Henry Taylor, who’s about a year old now.
Ryan Taylor – will travel in Europe with the team
But it was a great gesture by the Newcastle team yesterday to wear their track suit tops with the words Ryan Taylor Over The Wall on the back of them, and it shows if the form is poor at the moment at least the team spirit and camaraderie is still there, and that’s very important.
Ryan is waiting for the knee to settle before an operation will be performed at the end of this week, and then it’s a long track back for the Liverpudlian.
The track suits were captain Fabricio Coloccini’s idea and it worked well and it’s just a pity the lads couldn’t get that much needed victory top make the day complete yesterday.
Ryan was left speechless by the gesture:
“When I found out, I was quite speechless and it just shows what a great team we’ve got here.” “I think it was a few of the boys who mentioned it in the team meeting the other day and the gaffer said ‘for sure, we’ll show some respect.’ I was touched when I heard about it.
“It just shows how together we are. If it wasn’t me and it was anyone else, I’m sure everyone would do the same.” “I feel like we’re one big family here. We do look after each other and I get on with all the lads and I’ll miss them. It’s a nice touch for such a bad injury.”
“I spoke to the gaffer and he said he wants to make me feel a big part of everything we do when we go to Europe.” “He said if I wanted to go to away games in Europe, I could still go and for sure, if there’s space on the plane to go then by all means I’ll be there with the team.”
“I don’t want to feel left out and the manager’s stated that he won’t leave me out.” “I’ve got to stay positive.” “I’ve had setbacks in the past, I’ve had quite a long spell on the sidelines before and this is obviously not going to be any different.
“But I’ve got through them – and I don’t see why I can’t come through this even stronger.”
Ryan signed a new contract earlier this year which sees him at the club until 2015, but it will be a long time before he can play again.
Michael Owen picked up a similar injury playing for England in the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and he was out almost a year – and in the olden days this injury used to end careers – as it did with Brian Clough when he was just 29 – as one example.
But Ryan will be back hopefully long before the end of the season, and it’s very good Alan Pardew is keeping him involved with the side – that’s good management.
Howay The Lads!!