Over these last almost two years, Newcastle’s versatile Ryan Taylor has been to heel and back as far as injuries are concerned, and in August two years ago he suffered a serious ACL cruciate ligament injury to his knee while playing against Atromitos in the Europa League, and he was out until March of last year.
Ryan Taylor back last April with James Perch
And then in April, the almost impossible seemed to happen and while doing simple rehabilitation exercises in training at Benton, the knee went again.
Last summer he was sent over to Aspen Colorado to have the knee fixed by world-renowned sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. J. Richard Steadman – the best in the business.
So we have to hope that the knee will this time stand up to the rigors of training, and there’s some good news in the Shields Gazette today on Ryan, who it turns out will not be ready for the start of pre-season training in early July.
This is what Ryan has said in the Shields Gazette today:
“I’ll probably be running until late July, and maybe I’ll have my first game in August,” “That’s the plan, if you like. We’ve got to stick rigidly to it and not cut any corners.”
“The surgeons know what they’re doing. We’ve got to stick to that and hope it works out.” “It’s all power and strength in the gym, and then outside running and getting back kicking balls again.”
“It’s been the same routine, more or less, for the last two years.” “I’m in for the rest of the summer trying to get ready for the first day of pre-season.”
Taylor was in Portugal last month for some warm weather training with long term Newcastle physiotherapist Derek Wright, and he met up with Wayne Rooney there apparently, who was getting extra for for the World Cup.
This is a vital time for Ryan in his football career, and we hope the knee can stand up to the rigors of the modern football game.
Here is Ryan’s Twitter account – in case you want to wish him the very best and send him some words of encouragement.
Ryan has showed tremendous courage over the last couple of years, to be back where he is today. after all that has happened to him.