Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

After Long Lay-off,Taylor Making Steady Progress

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

After Long Lay-off,Taylor Making Steady Progress

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Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

ALAN Pardew was a relieved man when he assessed the fitness of his squad at the end of the international break, but Ryan Taylor will not feature against Leicester City.

While others were with their countries, the versatile Merseysider has been making his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury in the under-21s. But Pardew confirmed yesterday Taylor is not quite ready to move up to the senior team.

But Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett have used the break to recover from injuries, while Pardew expects Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse to report fit and well today.

"Tim looks fine," Newcastle United's manager said. "He trained yesterday so that scare's over for us.

"The two boys who travelled to Africa (Tiote and Cisse) are not back yet but reports are they're both well.

"We're pleased about that particularly for Cheick, who had a tough game. Ivory Coast were down to 10 men for most of the second half but we'll have be careful with him. It'll just be a warm-down for him.

"Tactically it's difficult for all the Premier League managers (to prepare for the first match after an international break) but we'll try and cram in as much as we can today before the game.

"It's a worry when you've got players such a long way away, you're just looking at your phone hoping no messages come through that are negative. We've been lucky this time.

"With Tim it could have been a recurrence of the (elbow) injury he had before and that's what we were worried about. But he's trained and he's fine which is good because he played really well at Swansea.

"We need him to play well this season and it's a big year for him because he wants to get into that Dutch side regularly. The little scare he's had is no bad thing, he knows he's got to keep on top of everything. …

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