Absolutely delighted to have just played my first 45 mins today. Thankyou to everyone @NUFC for everything they have done for me to get back— Ryan Taylor (@TaylorR1984) September 30, 2014
Newcastle United's Ryan Taylor has tweeted his delighted at making his long-awaited comeback from injury in an emphatic 8-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over Carlisle United on Tuesday afternoon.
The versatile 30-year-old has been out of action for over two years after tearing his cruciate ligament in a Europa League tie against Atromitos in August 2012, with a serious setback in the same knee eight months later threatening to end his career.
He resumed full training earlier this month, however, and has now come through his first taste of action on the pitch unscathed, featuring at right-back for 45 minutes before being substituted at half-time.
Taylor has made 91 total appearances for Newcastle since arriving from Wigan Athletic in February 2009 as part of the deal with sent Charles N’Zogbia in the opposite direction, filling in at both full-back and in midfield, while establishing himself as a fan-favourite.
With the club currently struggling at the foot of the Premier League table, the former England under-21 international’s potential first-team return in the future is at least some positive news for supporters to look forward to.