Pardew hopeful over Taylor
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping Ryan Taylor will return from his cruciate ligament injury quicker than most after a promising early prognosis.
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The 28-year-old utility man collapsed in agony early on in Thursday night's 1-0 Europa League victory over Atromitos and underwent a scan the following day.
That confirmed the ligament damage and condemned the player to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
But Pardew said: "He has done a cruciate, but the good news of that particular injury is that usually when you do it, you do some ligaments or you do a cartilage and it really is problematic.
"But Ryan looks quite straightforward. There's not a lot of swelling, the cruciate has detached, so it's purely a case of putting it back and I think he will come back a little bit quicker than most cruciate injuries."
Taylor's team-mates ran out for their Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa wearing tracksuits emblazoned with the message "Ryan Taylor over the wall", a reference to the song the Toon Army sing about his derby-winning free-kick at Sunderland last season.
Pardew said: "It was Colo's [skipper Fabricio Coloccini] idea, he called me yesterday. We didn't want to say 'Get well' because there are people in a lot worse positions than Ryan as a professional footballer.
"It's just nice to have that sort of spirit within the group, and it was just something to say: 'We support you Ryan, good luck and come back quickly'."
Taylor is one of three Newcastle full-backs to have picked up injuries during the last few days with Danny Simpson joining he and James Perch on the sidelines after damaging a hamstring this afternoon.
Indeed, midfielder Vurnon Anita had to play the final 52 minutes of the game at the back as the club's decision not to recruit another defender during the transfer window came back to haunt them.
Pardew said: "I had no chance, really. We lose Ryan one day before and your opportunity is very, very slim to get a player good enough for us.
"We have got great replacements, although we couldn't have foreseen that Danny was going to get injured today.
"But Anita went back in there and actually probably saved us a point with two great headers on the far post, and his quality going forward helped us.
"I don't think we have got a massive problem there."