Steven Taylor is ready to play at Stoke City on Monday night in his newly fitted mask.
Steven Taylor – seen in his newly fitted mask
An American specialist came over this week to fit the mask for Steven, with Jeremy Murray coming over from Detroit early in the week, to get the job done.
And Steven has also had his nose reset by a specialist, which he says was bent all over the place – the nose that is. 😀
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the player is ready to play in the tough game at Stoke City on Monday evening, and will be expecting some rough treatment from the Stoke players.
Steven is writing a blog on the Newcastle site, and he had this to say today about his week:
“Last Monday, I went to the hospital because I wanted it done sooner rather than later. I just wanted to get it out of the way and get the surgery sorted to straighten the nose, because it was bent all over the place.”
“Since then I’ve been taking it easy and getting the mask fitted ahead of our game on Monday, which I’m determined to play in if I can.” The mask offers me protection because at the moment, the nose is fixed and back to how I want it to be.”
“The specialist, Jeremy Murray, came from Detroit and I’ve got to thank him for coming over here at short notice.” “He came and spent a few days here, meeting the club doctor Paul Catterson and myself and then taking me to a place to get it all sorted and fitted for me.”
“It’ll just give me that extra bit of confidence that I need. The fact that it’s been fitted for my face makes it much more comfortable.” “I needed it done and I wanted it done properly. This is the best guy around and he’s worked with top athletes.”
“It was him who sorted Shola Ameobi out last season too and it worked for him.” “I’ve spoken to Shola about it and that’s given me confidence that it should work very well. Of course, it’ll take a bit of getting used to because it fits so tightly to my face and it’s not the most comfortable thing.”
“But I’ll see how it goes. I’ve just got to get used to it, I guess.” “At Stoke, there’s a fair chance the ball will be up in the air quite a bit but the thought of ducking out headers won’t even cross my mind. I’ll attack everything that’s in front of me, and even in their penalty area I won’t be afraid to put my head in.”
“If it breaks again, I’ll go and fix it again! I’m not bothered about that. I’ve got a good few years left with this nose so if it gets broken, it gets broken – and at least I’ve got a top surgeon to fix it again!”
“Our unbeaten run ended at Blackburn on Wednesday night but it might not be a bad thing for us. It keeps us on our toes and makes us all the more determined to get back to winning ways and not suffer another defeat.”
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up because this is a different game and it’s live on television. And as much as we’re aware of the threat Stoke possess, they’re going to have to be worried about what we’ve got to offer.”
“The players we’ve got in attack can hurt them and I think they’re going to be more worried about us than we are about them, because we’re going to continue to play like we have been all season.”
We like the bit about If it breaks again, I’ll go and fix it again! – but it shows just how important Steven is for the side this season, after not playing much at all last season.
Not only is Steven playing near his very best form, but he also has that determination and spirit, whenever the local lad plays for the Newcastle side.
While Steven says he’s not too bothered about it, he must have a decent chance of getting called up for England, and even has a chance of being in the squad for the European Championships next summer.
That’s especially true if England captain John Terry gets into hot water yet again – this time for the racial comments he is alleged to have made to Anton Ferdinand – in the QPR game last Sunday.
And we have to think that Terry has a decent chance of being found guilty, because when the alleged remarks are being made in the game, Sky Sports covers up his lips, so you cannot make out what he’s saying .
That tells us you can lip read what he’s saying, and it’s alleged he used the “n” word. If that’s proved true and he’s found guilty, he should be banned – and for a long time too.
There’s no place in this world for that kind of barbaric racial behavior.