On Monday, Ryan Taylor played his first full game for Newcastle since August of two years ago, when he suffered the first of two successive and very serious ACL knee injures.
Ryan Taylor – ready for comeback after 26 months out
After more than 26 months out of the game, Ryan completed his first full game since August of 2012, after his two serious knee injuries.
And Taylor was close to where he is at now back in April if last year, but then he suffered the same injury again, which was disastrous for him.
But at that time he was operated on by world-famous surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado, and he has played three comeback games this season.
This is what Ryan has said today:
“I can at least declare myself available and look to push on” “I’ve had a chat with the manager and I’d love to go to Tottenham.”
“It would just be nice to get back involved.” “It’s a long time since I’ve played 90 minutes so the U21 game was something I needed.”
“We built up to it well. We just had to get through 90.” “Now I can at least declare myself available and look to push on.”
And U21 coach Peter Beardsley has praised Ryan’s mental strength he has displayed since August of 2012, which is a long time ago:
“That’s the big story for the gaffer,” . “The gaffer has been one of his biggest fans. ” “He’s supported him all the way with the T-shirts the players warmed up in against Aston Villa in September of 2012, and everything that he’s done for Ryan, so the gaffer will be happier than anyone.”
“In that sense, it’s brilliant.” ” It’s two years since he last played a full game so because of that, the way he’s made the comeback is incredible.”
“What he’s done and what he’s gone through, the hard work, the hours that nobody sees – it’s incredible what he’s come through, and hopefully he’s not far away from playing in the first team.”
“What he’s gone through, I couldn’t have coped with – I genuinely couldn’t, and I’m not just saying that.” “He’s a proper man.” “The Club have been great, the doc’s been great,”
“Derek Wright (long time physio) has been great; he’s had lots of people there encouraging him, but he’s still got to do the work.”
“As much as we try to help him, he’s the one who’s done the work, and he deserves all the credit.”
Ryan may not make the match day squad of 18 for the game at Tottenham on Sunday, but we hope he at least travels with the squad to get back into what it’s like being part of the first team squad.
And we’re sure when he does make his comeback on the pitch, the Geordie fans will give him a standing ovation for all he’s been through.
That’s the very least this man deserves.
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