Ryan Taylor who was injured playing against Atromitos back in August in the Europa League, and is on the plane to Lisbon today, but which other players will be on the plane today, has not yet been released by Alan Pardew.
Ryan Taylor – could be back before the end of the season
Ryan will not play on Thursday night and will not make the substitute bench even, but he will participate in the training in the warmer climate of Portugal, and we may still see Ryan play for Newcastle again this season – certainly that’s the 28 year-old’s goal.
This is what he said to say in the local press today:
“I’m going to go to Benfica and do a bit of training out there and watch the game.” “I won’t be ready for it, but I’ll be out there with the lads.”
“Hopefully, we’ll go through. I might be available for the semis if we get through, who knows?” “It’s only been seven or eight months.”
“It’s not that long when you think about it, but in footballing terms it’s a full season. It would be nice to put that in the past and concentrate on these last few weeks.”
“I’m just looking to get back before the end of the season.” “Atromitos was the last full game I played.” “It’s quite astonishing, really. It does seem a long time ago.”
“The gaffer made a joke that I might be fit for the final. “It would be nice! I scored the first goal in Europe, and who knows, I could score the last goal!“There’s still a lot to play for.”
Ryan suffered a serious ACL knee injury in that first half last August, so it’s just over seven months since he injured the knee, and that’s a fairly rapid recovery from what is a devastating injury.
But we’re also sure that he will not be rushed back and Dan Gosling had a bit of a set-back when he came back from the same kind of injury in early 2011, and we’d be happy enough if Ryan is ready to go in pre-season.
Taylor is good at set pieces, and he can take the corners and free kicks, and the truth is that Newcastle have been simply awful st set pieces this season, and we don’t get many goals at all from them .
Newcastle have only scored one goal from a corner all season, and that was the Demba Ba’s hand-ball goal at Reading.
It will be great to have Ryan Taylor back in the squad – soon.
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