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Friday 22 June 2012

Taylor close to Newcastle comeback

Defender Steven Taylor is ready for pre-season training after a long injury lay-off

Steven Taylor has not played since he ruptured his Achilles tendon last December

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is looking forward to making his comeback after missing the final five months of last season with an Achilles injury.

Taylor says he is nearing the end of his rehabilitation after rupturing an Achilles tendon in the 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea last December.

"In footballing terms, we're into added-on time with the injury now and I just have to keep going," Taylor told Newcastle's website.

"I will be like an excited kid in a sweet shop because I've missed playing so much"
- Steven Taylor

"It's sometimes like a 93rd-minute run back from a corner, but you know you have to do it.

"Hopefully, come pre-season, I'm going to be a little bit ahead of the rest of the lads fitness-wise.

"I won't push myself too hard the first week back, but I will be like an excited kid in a sweet shop because I've missed playing so much."

Taylor is on course to link up with his team-mates for pre-season training, which begins in less than two weeks.

"Fitness-wise, I've just been maintaining my work rate and sticking to the programme that Derek Wright, Dave Henderson and Michael Harding [Newcastle United physios] have set for me," he added.

"I'm feeling good at the moment and I've just got to keep on going. I'm going away with Derek for five days so we can work on my fitness in the heat, and I've no doubt he'll run me into the ground.

"We're into the final stages now and I'll be happy once all this running is finished."

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Key Points

  • Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles last December
  • Taylor is nearing the end of his rehabilitation
  • Newcastle's pre-season training begins in two weeks