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Wednesday 17 April 2013

New knee injury rules Newcastle's Taylor out for next season

Cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in training may rule 28-year-old out for whole of new season

Alan Pardew (left) said the club was 'saddened' by Ryan Taylor's latest injury

Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor could be sidelined for the whole of next season after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury in training.

"Ryan has worked so hard and diligently since his injury. Clearly everyone at the club is deeply saddened by this news"
Alan Pardew

The 28-year-old had only recently returned to training from an eight-month absence incurred after rupturing knee ligaments during a UEFA Europa League qualifying match against Atromitos last August, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted his fresh injury is a huge disappointment for both the club and the player.

"Ryan has worked so hard and diligently since his injury,” said Pardew of the utility player who has made 47 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Magpies since arriving from Wigan Athletic in February 2009, scoring twice. “He has been a model patient and has given his all to ensure he could return to full training in the best condition possible. Clearly everyone at the club is deeply saddened by this news.

"Ryan has, and will continue to, receive the full support of everyone at Newcastle United during this difficult time for him."

Taylor’s injury comes just three days after goalkeeper Tim Krul was ruled out for the remainder of this season after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland.

Newcastle have confirmed that the Dutchman, who landed awkwardly early in the second half of the Tyne-Wear derby and had to be replaced by Rob Elliot, is to undergo surgery on
Monday. He is expected to return to training at the end of July.

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Key Points

  • Ryan Taylor suffers second serious knee injury
  • Newcastle United defender could be out for whole of next season
  • Goalkeeper Tim Krul expected to return in July after undergoing shoulder surgery on Monday