Good news and bad news today about Ryan Taylor’s ACL knee injury – the good news is that the knee is healing well, but with such a serious injury, the bad news is that he is hoping to be back only for pre-season, so he’s basically out for the season, which is a blow to Ryan and a blow to Newcastle.
We could have done with Ryan playing against Sunderland a week Sunday
This is the same injury Michael Owen picked up while playing for England in the World Cup in Germany in June of 2006, and he didn’t return to play for Newcastle until very late the next season, so he was out over ten months.
While the Newcastle medics said the injury was clean, it still takes an awful long time to recover from this type of very serious injury, and it’s better and safer that Ryan recovers fully before he attempts a comeback.
And it’s also the injury Dan Gosling had when he first arrived at Newcastle, and Dan only made one sub appearance for Newcastle in his first season on Tyneside, after picking up the injury in March of 2010, while still at Everton.
Taylor injured his ACL in the second leg of the Europa League play-off tie with Atromitos at St. James’ Park in late August, so it makes sense that he should be ready for pre-season in early July – hopefully.
This is what Ryan said today in the local press:
“It is going well, but I have set myself the target of being back for pre-season. We will see how we go from there.”
And Ryan Taylor’s contract still has two years to run after this season.
It’s a pity Ryan will miss practically this whole season for Newcastle, but that’s what can happen in football, it’s part of the game, and we look forward to Ryan coming back fit and well next July.
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