Ryan Taylor suffered his first Achilles Cruciate Ligament(ACL) injury last August, in the home game against Atromitos in the Europa League, but then last April, while doing a routine training exercise, the ligament went again, but this time he will not make a return in the same season.
Ryan Taylor suffering first injury fourteen months ago against Atromitos
And this time around the best knee surgeon in the world, Dr. Richard Steadman of Vail, Colorado, has operated on Ryan and is overseeing his recovery – and the hope is that Ryan can be fit for the start of next season, but there will be no risks taken with him, because another similar injury could end his career in football.
Ryan has also been given the job of scouting some players for Newcastle, and the Liverpudlian will soon make a third trip stateside for the final operation on his knee .
THis is what Ryan had told Sky Sports News today:
“Realistically, I’d love to be playing from the start of the next season.” “Is it possible? I think it is, yes, but I have got to listen to the right people.”
“When it happened last year I was just thinking about the scan and hoping it wasn’t too bad and when the scan came through, it was the worst case scenario,”
“I’ve gone to push off last April and felt something pretty similar to the first time,” “Then another scan revealed that there had been another rupture. That was the toughest part of my career so far.”
“But the fact that I have such a supportive family and set of friends is a real boost. My wife is always there and the fact that I can go home and see my little boy every day is a real lift. That’s how I get a kick and stay motivated.”
It’s really hard to think how things could have been any worse for Ryan Taylor, but he’s shown the courage and fortitude necessary to come back from two very serious injuries, one after the other.
Ryan Taylor – in training last April after first ACL
And we really hope and pray that by next summer he can be ready for pre-season training, and that his injury woes are behind him, and we know he’ll get great support from Newcastle fans to make that a reality.
If anybody can get him fully fit and well again it’s Dr. Steadman, who has operated on world-class players like Ronaldo (Brazil), Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy who had similar injuries.
But the downside is that it’s not certain his knee will be strong enough again – but of course we are hoping all will be well come next summer.
Here’s hoping – and you can always send a message of support to Ryan to help him through what must be a very tough period for him.
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