Teammates and fellow pros react on Twitter to Ryan Taylor's Newcastle comeback

The footballing community took to Twitter following Newcastle United's shock 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Manchester City to hail Ryan Taylor's comeback from injury after 26 months out.

Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor described Wednesday night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Manchester City as a ‘dream come true’ as he made his long-awaited return from a 26-month injury nightmare.

Goals from Rolando Aarons and Moussa Sissoko secured Alan Pardew’s side a quarter-final trip to Tottenham Hotspur, but it was Taylor’s standout performance after such a long layoff which stood out as the main storyline.

'That was a fairytale, a dream, everything, it all came true tonight,' he told Sky Sports at the final whistle. 'Two years of hard graft for myself just to get back playing football is a big thing for me, but what a performance that was from the lads.

'It's all worth it, all those times in the gym on my own after a performance like that. It's a dream come true.'

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who was deputising for Tim Krul on the night, added: 'I think it was always there [confidence] it was just about getting results and now you're seeing a difference in the team, but tonight's all about Ryan.

'He's epitomised everything about us today, two years of solid hard work, with setbacks, and it just shows what we are like and I think everyone is buzzing for him and the fans - it's a great night for us all.'

Sidelined with successive cruciate ligament injuries since August 2012, Taylor’s career was even thought to be under threat after his first attempt at a comeback was foiled last season, and Wednesday’s first-team return prompted numerous club teammates and fellow professionals to hail his resolve.

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