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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Taylor staying positive despite injury

Injured Newcastle defender says club is helping him keep morale high during rehabilitation

Steven Taylor was injured in December's Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says he is keeping a positive outlook as he continues to work on his rehabiliation after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

Taylor has been out of action since suffering the injury on December 3rd in the Barclays Premier League match against Chelsea and is unlikely to play again this season.

"I still feel part of it, which is a massive thing for me"
- Steven Taylor

He has been missed by the Magpies - at the time of the injury Newcastle had the fourth best defence in the Barclays Premier League having conceded just 15 goals in 14 matches.

But Alan Pardew's men have conceded 23 in the 12 League matches since Taylor's injury.

Although the 26-year-old says the enforced lay-off is frustrating, he said the set up at the Sports Direct Arena had not left him isolated.

"The good thing for me is I’ve got a manager and a coaching staff who always get me into the dressing room and amongst the lads," he said.

"I still feel part of it, which is a massive thing for me. When you get injured you can get forgotten about but fair play to the rest of the lads, they have been spot on and worked with me every single day."

Hard work ahead

Taylor said he was prepared to knuckle down and work hard to ensure a full recovery.

"It’s hell spending every day with your leg up watching daytime TV"
- Steven Taylor

"It’s going to be a long, hard recovery. I know some people say it’s the worst injury you can get as a footballer," he said.

"But I’m taking it in my stride. I’m relishing the chance to come back and I can’t wait to come back fitter, stronger and better than I was before. I’m hoping to be involved in the start of the next pre-season.”

He added: "It’s hell spending every day with your leg up and three pillows watching daytime TV.”

Taylor was speaking on behalf of the Newcastle United Foundation, who he was representing in a charity event at the Sports Direct Arena.

"I love meeting the fans, that’s part and parcel of me," he said. "I’ve always been that way since I got into the first team."

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Key Points

  • Taylor ruptured Achilles tendon against Chelsea in December
  • Defender is unlikely to play again this season
  • Taylor says club has worked hard to keep morale high during rehab