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Long Term Injured Player On Plane To Lisbon

9:24 am, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

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.

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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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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Injuries · Ryan Taylor



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    We still wont be able to score from a corner :)

  • 2 Rainrix // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Also ed dembas goal against reading wasn’t from a corner, it was a fergie cross. ;)

  • 3 Williamsonsuks // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Raylor will make a great sub, he’s a great dead ball specialist (not a live one) and could take over Cabayes freekick spot when he’s on a bad day.

  • 4 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Well, another body coming back can only be a good thing.

    Do we know the injury statuses on Ben Arfa, Debuchy and Santon?

    I’v been partying a little too much over the Easter holidays and missed alot of news it seems

  • 5 Bambams // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Put a few quid on him scoring against Mackems. ….. It’s his destiny.

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Manxpie, (from a previous thread)

    What you fail to see is that we could have played 433 with Cisse centre and Ba left from the start of the season. It was a system that worked.

    But Pardew persevered with Ba centre and Cisse left for the worst losing streak in premiership history. He didn’t even consider alternating them. He just caved in to Ba.

    Do you really want a manager as weak as that? Classic first season enthusiasm and then very quickly tactically found out in second season and how!!

    If someone can not see a problem then how on earth can it be fixed?

    It’s a recurring theme. Pardew stumbled on a system last year where Raylor got injured and Benny finally got a game in a front 3 and we took off. But Pardew had to tinker with something that worked and we’ve been poor ever since

    There’s just too many idiotic stupidly arrogant situations like playing Benny from the start on a plastic pitch in freezing conditions. You don’t need a slapheed physio to tell you it was never going to be a good idea.

    It’s very difficult for the players when the manager is totally curbing their natural flair and instincts.
    Pardew is the first to deflect blame elsewhere and never holds his hands up for a long series of footballing ineptitude on a grand scale.

    Like saying we were safe way too early. You couldn’t really have any faith in what Pardew says.

    The early promise of Sissoko and Goofy already looks to have been worn down by Pardew’s bizarre and negative tactics with people played out of position. I am actually quite envious of Sunderland and Di Canio and that says a lot.

    Pardew is the man getting the big bucks to motivate the team. If he can’t do that then he should go. Why have all these technically gifted ball players when his tactics are totally opposite to what they naturally want to do. Let other teams worry about us.

  • 7 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Strikes me Pards needs some additional help – a good attacking and a good defensive coach. Oh, and a good tactician.

    Those appointments should free up his time to do what he’s good at, use his strengths to best advantage!




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