PHOTOS: Ryan Taylor back in action for Newcastle United

Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor made his long-awaited return to action today in a development team match against Brighton and Hove Albion.


Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor made a successful return to football today, as he edges closer to fitness.

The 30-year-old has not played in a match since 2012 after some severe injury problems, but it seems that a comeback is not too far away now.

The right-back scored a penalty in the Newcastle development squad's fixture against Brighton earlier today, and he will be hoping to build on that display.

The Mapgies ran out 3-1 winners over their Championship opponents, and Taylor will be hoping he has done enough to convince Alan Pardew that he is ready for a first-team return.

The defender being back would be a serious boost for the club, as they look to strengthen their side and climb the table.

He has become the forgotten man around St. James' Park such has been the length of his absence, but his return is imminent now and he could even by on the substitutes' bench for the club's game next weekend against Tottenham Hotspur. 


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