It’s worse than we had first thought, but the initial prognosis on Steven Taylor is that he will be out until next year, and of course that’s 9 games Newcastle have to play through the busy holiday period through January 2nd, and like Yohan Cabaye, that’s at least the number of games Steven Taylor will now miss for Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – out for the rest of the year
Taylor injured his hamstring in the 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday, and the Journal is reporting that the initial prognosis on the injury is not good, and he could miss anywhere from four to six weeks, and we’ll just have to hope he can come back sooner rather than later.
It’s yet another blow to Newcastle’s small squad, who have been completely unable to deal with the additional Europa league games this season, and now we have to really watch that we don’t slip into the relegation zone before next year rolls around.
The good news is that Fabricio Coloccini will come back to the side, after serving his three match ban, and he will lead the team out at Stoke City tomorrow night, where Newcastle just have to start picking up some points to climb the league table from our current 14th place.
And as we mentioned yesterday, James Perch is fit again, and he can play well alongside an experienced center-back, but once again Newcastle are struggling at center-back, and not for the first time over the last two seasons, and yet we failed to bring in a fourth experienced center-back last summer, and Newcastle are paying the price for not strengthening the squad in the summer months.
19 year-old Curtis Good has just been loaned out to Bradford City until January 2nd, to get some first team games, but if Newcastle have another center-back injured or suspended, we would expect the Australian to be quickly recalled back to Tyneside.
The press conference for tomorrow night’s game will be this afternoon, and of course this is by far Alan Pardew’s stiffest test to date, as the Newcastle manager tries to stop Newcastle from being sucked into a relegation fight, with teams like Southampton, Norwich and even Aston Villa starting to play a lot better than earlier in the season.
Another defeat at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow night would be catastrophic, and the alarm bells will be sounding loud and clear at Newcastle United.
Who would have thought we would be this low in the league table in late November, and we are only one point better off than we were in our relegation season after 13 games.
This is not good.
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