There’s some really good news about Ryan Taylor today – who suffered a cruciate knee injury in our home game against Atromitos in the Europa League on 30th August – and has been out ever since – but he’s almost back in full training and he’s targeting the Sunderland game for a possible comeback on 13th April – unlucky for some.
Ryan Taylor being mobbed after scoring winner at Sunderland
Of course Ryan is famous for scoring that fantastic goal in the second half of our game with Sunderland a year last August that we won 1-0, and got us off to such a good start that season – and we finished 5th top of the league table.
Ryan has given quite a long interview for the Newcastle United web-site today:
“I’m about five-and-a-half months into my rehab so there’s hopefully not much longer left.” “I haven’t really got a date or a game in mind but one game I would love to be back for is the derby – and it’s a realistic target to be aiming for that.”
“It’s seven or eight weeks away and I’d love to be in contention for that game. But I’ve just got to see how the next few weeks go and hopefully then I can join back in with the boys and enjoy the last six weeks of the season.” “It wouldn’t be a setback if I didn’t make the Sunderland game – it’s just a target.”
“It could be the one before or it could be the one after, or two after.” “But I’d just love to be back for that game. It doesn’t even have to be my first game – it could be my second or third – but that’s the target and I’d love to be involved in it.” “With the boys doing well, I’d have to fight for a place on the bench at the minute but I’d just love to be a part of it and to be honest I can’t wait for the buzz again, to arrive on a match-day a couple of hours early as you do in the build-up to games.”
“It’ll be weird but I’m really looking forward to it.” “They say anything between six and nine months, that’s when you’re due to come back, but a lot of players and staff leave it until the full nine months just to be on the safe side.” “But everything – touch wood – so far has gone really well.”
“I’ve had no setbacks and I’ve worked as hard as anyone. The physios will probably be back me up on that one and I think that’s why they gave me a well-deserved break last week just to go and have a rest and then come back and kick on again.” “It was just a case of ‘go and cut training right down to a minimum and get away for a week,’ because for the best part of five-and-a-half months I’ve just been in the gym and I only started going out (to run) after four months.”
“It can drive you up the wall on a daily basis but we’ve had targets over the injury and the rehab and one target was to go and have a break. Leading up to it, I was looking forward to it and now I’m looking forward to getting back training – that’s the next target.” “Two or three times a week I’m here for half seven, doing boxing with Micky Holland (masseur) and the staff – but I’m trying to get fit whereas I think they’re just trying to lose weight!”
“But it’s a good blow and it gives me three sessions a day. I’ll do that and then I’ll do my work with Hendo – physio David Henderson- in the gym and do running, then I’ve got a strength and conditioning session at about half two with Simon Tweddle, the fitness coach.” “I’m always one of the last to leave and then I’ll be the first one in but I think that’s only right, because it’s up to me to get fit.”
“In five months – and doing nothing for the first two or three – you can put on a bit of weight but I look after myself so it’s just been a case of getting my head down and cracking on.” “The only plus is I’ve been here before with injuries so that’s helped me in a way. This isn’t as long as they were”
” If I make it back after seven months then it’s not as long as what I have been out for in the past so it’ll be okay.” “You just know what you’re going to do on a daily basis.” “”It’s not boring, as such – I actually enjoy it because it’s good, tough work and they put through your paces here. Hendo doesn’t ever take it lightly on you or cut it down by a minute or two – if anything, he adds it on. It’s always good work and I enjoy working with him.”
“Even when you’re injured, football is a dream job so it doesn’t really get boring.” “I’ve had some days where I’ve been a little bit down or what have you, just because I have been out for that long, but you get through them.” “And now I can see the light. I’m almost there.”
It’s great that Ryan is coming back, and of course he’s such a great guy, and he will further add to the strength of the Newcastle squad, but we feel certain that manager Alan Pardew will not rush the Liverpudlian back – and it would be better that he fully recovers this season, and then be all set for the pre-season at the beginning of July.
And if we can keep all our players over the summer months Newcastle will have their strongest squad for a long long time next season.
This is good news on Ryan Taylor.
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