Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lay-Off Relief for United Star Ryan; Lay-Off News Relief for Injury-Hit Star Ryan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lay-Off Relief for United Star Ryan; Lay-Off News Relief for Injury-Hit Star Ryan

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports writer twitter: @NeilCameron5

RYAN TAYLOR is not seriously injured and will be out with his latest injury for only six weeks.

The midfielder left the field in tears on Saturday after his knee appeared to give away during the first half of Newcastle United's 1-0 win over QPR.

Taylor was making his first Premier League start in 32 months, the consequence of two serious cruciate knee injuries, and he and everyone else inside St James' Park feared the worst as he limped off.

However, Taylor should be back in January if there are no further complications and, while he has injured his knee, it is more a run-of-the-mill problem rather than career-threatening.

The 30-year-old midfielder had, ironically, invited his surgeon Dr Richard Steadman to travel from America to watch him play at the weekend and it was he who made the diagnosis. Late on Saturday night, a relieved Taylor took to twitter in an attempt to allay fears about his knee.

He said: "Thank you all for your positive messages. I appreciate them all, just to let you know I have no major problem after I had to come off today.. just to be on the safe side.

"I was just gutted to come off that's why I got so emotional as I've worked so hard to get back. Thanks again."

Taylor is hugely popular within the Newcastle dressing room, something which was evident in the way his team-mates reacted when he went down with nobody near him.

Indeed, many of the QPR players, including former team-mate Joey Barton, went to him as he limped off ten minutes before half-time.

Alan Pardew, who didn't attempt to hide his emotion after the game regarding his luckless player, admitted he purposely didn't speak about Taylor at the interval in case it had a detrimental affect on his players.

He said: "I could see the players were upset when Ryan went off, so I deliberately didn't mention him at half-time.

It was something we had to park.

"It certainly did affect FROM BACK PAGE our mentality for a few minutes after. You could see us lose momentum. It is testimony to the players that we came out and performed that little bit quicker, for the second half.

"It was at the end of the game that we talked about Ryan. We are all worried for him. Whatever happens we want him as part of the club. He has shown how important he is even when he has not been playing. There is no question about that.

"But he showed what an asset he can be on the pitch. I actually thought from that first half-an-hour if we were going to win Ryan would be at the heart of it. The two best chances early on fell to him.

"But we are all really so sad for him. Everyone has got fingers crossed that it is not as bad."

Jack Colback spoke for all the Newcastle players as he wished his teammate some much-needed luck after two nightmare years. …

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