Newcastle Player Bravely Fighting To Save His Career


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 injured right knee

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.

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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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179 comments so far

  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    Scottiedog @ 26

    Racist – what are you talking about.

    Have you ever lived as an Expat in a foreign country?

    If you had you would know that expats who don’t speak the local language don’t read the local papers or watch the local TV because of their lack of the local language and also their interest is primarily in their home country.

    I would imagine that our French players football interests are centred on the French league and the preparations of the French national team.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    TDS

    ‘Especially when many of those 1,000 fans are not going to be chanting for Mike Ashley to show more ambition and engage with the fans, they’re going to be chanting for him to go jump off the Tyne Bridge… ‘

    I’m curious as to how the marchers are going to attract the attention of Mike Ashley (or any prospective buyer) as he may not be attending the game and/or they will not be allowed into the ground?

    What all marchers need is exposure to the media. A riot will bring out the hacks in droves. However, if the march is peaceful it may not attract any attention from UK media but more importantly worldwide media.

    Again, it comes down to how do you attract a prospective buyer. An advert in Forbes or The Economist would probably be more effective than a march.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Belfast

    I think you’d need someone with a significant profile and with the backing of the club before they could convince a billionaire to meet with them to discuss a purchase that is going to cost them at least £250M!

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Belfast

    Sound out anyone who’s interested in buying a football club and ask to meet them maybe ??

    Do you see any of the members of the march travelling the world knocking on doors of billionaires?

    How will they do this when they have to attend the Job Centre every week?

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  • Lachu

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    i thot ACL was anterior Cruciate ligaments haha

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost

    @ Slank – Do you not think there are French blogs just like this stating that Newcastle fans hate there clubs owners and want to riot!! Many of the players speak basic English and the ones that cannot will tell the others!!

    All protests do is ignite anger and bad feeling.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7

    TDS @ 3

    ‘they could convince a billionaire to meet with them to discuss a purchase that is going to cost them at least £250M! ‘

    Somehow I cannot see a billionaire (and his travelling entourage) coming to Wallsend or to any pub in the Big Market.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    acl is anterior cruciate ligament unless raylor has an achilles in his knee!!

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #9

    ED – Achilles Cruciate Ligament?? hope you are not a doctor!!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    It’s easier for us to understand football fans anyway, because we are football fans. Try explaining to my girlfriend why thousands of men travel up and down the country to watch 90 minutes of a football game. She’ll never get it!

    The majority of fans were willing to give it time, but how do you think you would react if you and your family were given death threats because of a bad business decision?

    I think he master plan is pretty clear to be honest. He now treats the club like any of his other businesses. The goal is to increase the value of the club and therefore increase his own personal wealth. He does that by buying players (assets) on good deals and by investing only when the likely return outweighs the required expenditure.

    Thus, spending £18M or so on transfer fees and adding a lot to the wage bill in January was a sensible action in order to retain our PL status, but spending £20M this summer to possibly challenge for 6th place (and an extra £1M or so in TV revenue) is not.

    For most of us fans, we really don’t care how much is spent, but we’d like to see more ambition. I’d like to see the club state:
    – we are clearly one of the top 8 clubs in the country and would expect to finish in the top 8 every season. Bottom half is unacceptable
    – we acknowledge the gap between us and the top 6 but believe it is not insurmountable with smart investment and decision making
    – in the meantime, we will strive to bring a long overdue trophy back to the club

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Scottiedog @ 6

    ‘Do you not think there are French blogs just like this stating that Newcastle fans hate there clubs owners and want to riot!!’

    No I don’t.

    Nearer to home, is the march attracting any attention in the fanzines and blogs of other premiership clubs? Without going through each one, I very much doubt it.

    Did you know that the 5th largest French city by population of French citizens is London. Are there many, if any, letters to the editor of the Evening Standard? Nope.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Slank

    If your neighbours wanted you to sell your house and move out of the area and then put an advert in a paper putting your house up for sale, what would be your reaction if a potential buyer then approached you? I’d tell them to f**k off,!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    I did my ACL and it’s a bitch. I can only imagine how much worse it would be for someone whose life revolves around playing sport.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Scottiedog @ 6

    ‘All protests do is ignite anger and bad feeling ‘

    Yes, I agree that this is almost guaranteed when violence breaks out.

    However, if the march goes off without any disturbances then it tends not to disturb the media which some would argue is a failure as exposure must be the prime reason of a march to advertise its message. An unpalatable truth.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #15

    ToonDarnSarf @ 12

    It depends upon how much money he is prepared to pay over and above what I want or whether he is a Romanian family with 10 kids, numerous dogs and broken down cars !

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    A protest is about the most fans can really do…tehy can cancel season tickets and boycott the odd game but that hurts the team as much, if not more than the owner, and i don’t think anyone wants to see the team suffer at all.

    A protest to either ask for Ashley to contribute more or run us better…or to even sell up isn’t going to do any harm as long as during the game we still back the lads on the pitch.

    The main question is will it do any good, often protests don’t do a lot of good as a one off, they are merely a vehicle to get the message out there, show there is support for the idea in numbers and use it as a catalyst to get people to join your cause as they see others feel the same way.

    The first protest might only get 1000 people but i can imagine a second protest would attract a lot more as those who feel the same will see others actually are willing to protest.

    The main problem is, we can’t make ashley sell up…only encourage him to look for a buyer. Its difficult but about the only thing that can be done to get change which wont damage the team.

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    This guy rich enough for you!?!?!

    http://www.themag.co.uk/the-mag-articles/austrian-billionaire-wants-to-buy-premier-league-club/?

    Would there be protests if he changed our stadium to the Red Bull Arena!?!?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    TDS

    Depends how much you like living their though, if your neighbours have been trying to get rid of you and you don’t like having to constantly spend money on the house to improve it then you might take the offer…providing it is a reasonable offer and not a low one.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #19

    TS

    But if you’ve just upgraded everything, had the walls painted and the electrics sorted out so you don’t expect to have to do any more drastic work, why leave? The house will continue to appreciate in value and you don’t have to do much work.

    Besides, my point was more our of principle. I decide when to sell my house and if someone else advertised my house to try and push me out, I’d just refuse to even talk to the potential buyer out of principle.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    scottie

    Nobody wanted the name change but some (including me) could accept it if there was a good amount of money coming in…not 2/3mil a year but the likes of 10/20mil extra a year.

    It’s not ideal but got to move with the times…prem league is about money…either accept that or keep tradition but in lower league.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Scottiedog

    ‘Red Bull Arena’ – doesn’t trip of the tongue does it !

    Following the example from a recent foreign owner no doubt we would become the ‘Bulls’ and not the ‘Magpies’ !

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    TDS

    I get your point, but after you’d done it up (and seeing as nufc is his second home) then maybe you would sell if you got all your money back.

    His sports direct is now the dominant sports company in the UK so if that was his goal it has served its purpose.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    I think if a club of our size tried to sell the stadium naming rights for as much as £20M then it would possibly fall foul of FFP. Man City were investigated for a similar situation where the owners wanted to invest heavily into the club and tried to make as much of it as possible appear to be genuine revenue.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    TS

    I’d need more than my money back after all the effort I put into it. I’d expect a substantial profit too thank you very much.

    And if my plan was to do it up and then keep it for 3 years before selling it, then only a crazy offer would make me want to sell it. Why bother wasting time otherwise?

    Can you imagine how much time Ashley and his cronies would have to put in to sell an asset worth over a quarter of a billion? Why would they do it unless they either wanted to sell or someone who has the money contacts Ashley and says upfront that they are willing to buy the club and start the negotiation at £250M+

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  • BandB

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    ToonDarfSarf.

    You said last week that you off to spend the evening with your wife. Are you playing away? Or is this just a case of telling so many untruths you can’t keep track of them all.
    No-one claimed there would be 10,000 fans at the march and no-one said there would be 5,000 scousers. You are setting up silly Aunt Sallies so you can knock them down.
    Luckily, you don’t appear to be swaying anyone other than those who already share your prejudices.
    And you do seem to have the blog to yourselves these days. Perhaps you think this means you are winning the arguments?

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    @ TS & Slank

    My point is that for all the complaints MA has had about destroying the history etc it simply comes down to MONEY! So if Red Bull put £300m into NUFC, changed the colours to Red & Blue, Renamed the Stadium to get us winning the CL & PL!??!?!?!

    Would you be happy?????

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #27

    BandB

    Eh? I’m not married. I may have said “missus” but not wife. 🙂

    Here’s at least one of the sources. I don’t know the original source but this person is claiming it as fact it seems. So when you say “No-one claimed”, you’re talking complete rubbish.

    Ciaran // Sep 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Lilongwe

    We are liaising with Spirit of Shankley as we pinpointed the Liverpool game as one that will get a lot of media coverage as it is shown on television. They are marching with us as a sign of solidarity, that this is a wider football issue, not just Newcastle United.

    Spirit of Shankley are not coming up to bump up the numbers, as I said, it is a sign of solidarity.

    They are bringing upwards of 5000 fans to the march, and I would hope that our own fans would provide as many if not more than this.

    Disappointed that you’ve seemingly made up your mind on such a trivial issue, not exactly a well thought out conclusion on your part.

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  • Slank

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Scottiedog @ 26

    No I wouldn’t be happy.

    I believe Cardiff and Hull fans have marched because their respective new owners decided that they could make any changes that they liked ignoring history. Regrettably, I think the marches did not change the owners mind / decision.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Red Bull aren’t looking at us man they want CL to advertise and we are some way off that

    All the best Raylor hope he gets fit but I don’t see him standing up to PL football anymore and, imo, he’s never been the quality to play regularly for NUFC. Wouldn’t be opposed to him being our freekick coach though

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  • toon kk

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Mash problerly feels like an outcast at his own club (self inflicted) but he simply doesn’t understand what the hell he’s doing. He is running a business and wants to make money so he’s careful what he spends, he comes up with brain waves but yet again another mistake is made and upsets the fans. He’s to used to doing things his own way. Unfortunately there’s not alot we can do his passion is SD not NUFC.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    toon kk

    His passion is accumulating wealth. If he saw an opening to turn NUFC into the next Man Utd then he’d do it but that boat has long sailed. You’re spot on about the rest.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    scottie

    I could take a stadium name change, as long as it got us plenty of money, but not team colours and name. I’d not be happy with that, there is no reason for it (how many more shirts have cardiff really sold in the far east for being red and not blue, the main argument given).

    TDS

    Well if it was even 500mil a year from a totally separate company for naming rights then it wouldn’t fall foul of FFP…the problem with man city was that their owner was either owner or had connections with Etihad which was a conflict of interests.

    It would still be a long legal battle to prove it was unfair though and I still think FFP is toothless with big clubs which draw the sponsors for Champions League which funds EUFA.

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  • BandB

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS,

    And when I say “no-one claimed,” you come up with Ruddy?
    Isn’t he your number one know-nothing?
    The wife reference came off the back of your masterfully clever assertion that he must be single.
    I’m not going to give your slapstick style of argument any further credence. It is beyond parody.
    You are the best recruiting sergeant this march has.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    toon kk

    I don’t mind Ashley doesn’t put vasts sums of his own cash in year on year…thats fine, make the club self sufficient.

    But please appoint the right staff…pardew and JFK are not the best we can do, we can do much better. Jurgen Klopp at dortmund is a top manager and his salary is a reported 1.8mil euros a year…less than £30k a week which is your average players wage. If he works for that then surely we could get a good manager in as well for a reasonable pay too.

    Then if we can’t make enough money on sponsorship, shirts, tickets, etc we need to make money other ways, no good just ignoring it and saying we can’t compete…do what spurs did to get going and sell some stars like they did with keane, berba, carrick…long before modrid and bale.

    I wnt him to hire competent coaches throughout the system, I have a family member just signed up for under 10’s group (not close family so dont see often)…he left sunderland, not because his parents though newcastle was better but because they are from newcastle and support the club. We should have a top academy…like arsenal, southampton, even boro are better at producing kids.

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  • Klatoon

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Now we know why he’s so good at fk’s…he has an achilles in his knee 🙂

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #36

    TS

    The thing about FFP is that it’s spread over the entire length of the contract. So if a club spend £200M in one season but every player had an 8 year contract, then it counts as £25M every season. This allows clubs to speculate to accumulate still because if they continue to progress then their revenue increases too.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #37

    TDS

    Yeh i remember posting about that when Bale joined madrid.

    I think FFP is utterly pointless, allows the rich clubs to stay rich and nobody to challenge them like chelsea and city have recently which has at least made the league more interesting at the top.

    I just think FFP will be used against the likes of a Malaga, but would never be used against a madrid. Imagine UEFA telling their sponsors that they wont have games in the champs league for madrid, man utd, chelsea, barca….they’d make nowhere near as much money with that uncertainty…and money rules football now.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #38

    BandB

    It wasn’t just Mr Angry who was talking about it though. It is symptomatic of problems regarding our club though, bulls**t like that is easily spread around and the facts are often hard to find.

    I’ve no idea why you think my arguments are “slapstick”. I think it’s fair to question this when it’s relatively hard to find the facts. I’ve finally seen a couple of things recently that back up that Spirit of Shankly are invited to send fans on the march but no mention of numbers. Usual garbage from Ruddy.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #39

    TS

    Yep. It will never happen. They will continue to find loopholes.

    It is designed to stop a Portsmouth or Leeds spending beyond their means but really it will mean that a Newcastle, Blackburn, Fulham, Wigan or Man City story wouldn’t happen again. A club wouldn’t be able to rise so quickly and then be in the PL, let alone challenging at the top.

    How about they apply it retroactively and relegate Man City and Chelsea?

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  • BandB

    Oct 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS,

    So if it is bull that is being spread, why are you repeating it and spreading it a lot further?
    You’ve decided to quote Ruddy on this occasion because it suits your argument. You’ve spent a lot of time trying to slap him down as hopelessly ill-informed, and now POW! …you’ve magically transformed him into spokesman for the march.
    This is your style. You don’t see it, and I don’t mind that you don’t see it.
    Anyway, coffee break is over. I’m back on my head.

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